King of the Mountain 

When you're down, the only place to go is up

The Bathurst 1000 is the toughest motor race on the planet. One thousand kilometres of fast corners and faster straights, up one side of Mount Panorama and down the other, again and again. One hundred and sixty one laps of white knuckled, adrenaline-pumping action. It is truly the ultimate test of man and of machine.

By 1984 Peter Brock had won the race a record eight times, he became known as ‘The King of the Mountain’ and he became the rarest of beasts, a sportsman who transcended his sport. He became a virtual ‘rock star’, a household name and the most famous face in Australia.

Then Brock lifted his gaze to the world stage and took on another punishing race, the Le Mans 24. The trip was a complete disaster, the leased race car a lemon that ultimately failed. The team returned defeated, the stress had taken its toll on Brock, his health was failing, as was his desire to expand his $10M a year business modifying Holden Commodores for his adoring public.

A meeting of the minds occurred when Brock was introduced to health practitioner Dr Eric Dowker, inspired by Dowker, Brock sought to improve his own health and fitness. He gave up alcohol and cigarettes and became a vegan literally overnight.

Impressed with the results of Dr Dowker’s unorthodox methods, Brock started experimenting with crystals and magnets as an “alternative technology” to improve the performance of his race cars.  Against the wishes of his major partner and supplier of vehicles, General Motors Holden, he ordered the fitting of this new device to his Holden Dealer Team Special Vehicle Commodores that were on sale to the public.

On the eve of the 1987 Australian Touring Car Championship, Brock publicly launched the ‘Brock Director’ a car he had re-designed and modified with an un-tested rear suspension, and proudly vaunting his divisive ‘energy polarizer’ device. This was completely against Holden’s wishes and commands. Holden immediately withdrew all support for Brock's Racing Team, HDT, and his business.

Overnight, his empire collapsed.

The Press had a field day, gleefully proclaiming he was yesterday's hero. Old loyalties were tested as friends became foes, and with the World Touring Car Championship coming to Mount Panorama for the 1987 Bathurst 1000 and bringing with it a new breed of hot international drivers the likes of Steve Soper; Pierre Dieudonne; Klaus Ludwig; Klaus Niedzwiedzand the unbeatable Ford Sierras, it truly looked like Brock’s legacy was over.

But Brock wasn't finished just yet.... with the help of some rebel Holden Car Dealers, he managed to scrape together the barest of teams. Then in the most dangerous weather conditions 'The Great Race' had ever seen and in what was ultimately the most controversial race in the history of the event, with driving legend James Hunt claimed was the ‘best he’d ever seen', Peter Brock prevailed and became the “King of the Mountain” for the ninth time. A record that still stands today.

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THE DREAM CHILDREN

"Nothing lasts forever..."

Steven, a sexy media personality and Alex, a successful graphic artist, have been living in a happy and stable relationship for four years. After trying to adopt a baby through legitimate means, they turn to various subterfuges for help, but meet with no success. However, a chance post on the net leads them to a pregnant street girl who is only too ready to help them. But this only leads to more difficulties than they had anticipated...

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SAFE HOUSE

"Three Rules. Three Tragedies."

John Morris' initial Executive Producing credit is the short 15 minute film SAFE HOUSE by Stephen Sherrard-Griffith. John also played the role of an Assassin.

SAFE HOUSE won Best Film at the Margaret River International Film Festival in March 2008 and was invited to participate at the 61st Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner where the film was well received by industry professionals.

When two men are sent to kill each other what happens if they become friends? SAFE HOUSE tells a dramatic and intense action packed story of an aging Middle Eastern Assassin "Sabine" (Stephen Carracher) who meets a young nameless Mossad Agent (Luke Mulquiney) one night in an International Safe House. Sabine talks to the young agent about his past mission where he was sent to kill Israeli Mossad Agent "Sagive" (Patrick Constantinou) on government orders, but when they are held up in an International Safe House where no man or woman can be harmed, the men form a mutual friendship over a drink and a game of cards. The friendship has Sabine question his orders and make decisions that will tear his world apart, bringing his internal conflict and anguish to a dramatic conclusion.

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