Stone (1974 film)

Stone is a 1974 Australian biker film written, directed and produced by Sandy Harbutt. It is a low budget film by company Hedon Productions.

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Directed bySandy Harbutt
Produced bySandy Harbutt
Written bySandy Harbutt
Michael Robinson
StarringKen Shorter
Sandy Harbutt
Music byBilly Green
CinematographyGraham Lind
Edited byIan Barry
Hedon Productions
Distributed byBritish Empire Films (Australia)
Release date
28 June 1974
Running time
103 minutes
BudgetA$192,000 [1]
Box office$1,572,000 (Australia)

Police officer Stone goes undercover with the Gravediggers outlaw motorcycle gang, to find out who is murdering their members, one by one.

The film stars Ken Shorter and features Rebecca Gilling, Bill Hunter and Helen Morse. The film's soundtrack was composed by Billy Green and featured some members of his group Sanctuary. Motorcycles featured include the legendary Kawasaki Z1(900). Stone initially rides a Norton.

The promotional trailer video features narration by radio and media personality John Laws. The film was featured in the documentary, Not Quite Hollywood, in which Quentin Tarantino enthuses about his admiration for the film.


When several members of the GraveDiggers outlaw motorcycle club are murdered, Sydney detective Stone (Ken Shorter) is sent to investigate. Led by the Undertaker (Sandy Harbutt), a Vietnam war veteran, the GraveDiggers allow Stone to pose as a gang member. Leaving behind society girlfriend Amanda (Helen Morse), Stone begins to identify with the Undertaker and his comrades Hooks (Roger Ward), Toad (Hugh Keays-Byrne), Dr Death (Vincent Gil), Captain Midnight (Bindi Williams), Septic (Dewey Hungerford) and Vanessa (Rebecca Gilling), the Undertaker’s girlfriend. Amid violent confrontations with the Black Hawks, a rival gang the GraveDiggers hold responsible, Stone uncovers a political conspiracy behind the killings. When the truth is revealed, Stone must choose between his job and his loyalty to the GraveDiggers.


  • Ken Shorter as Stone
  • Sandy Harbutt as Undertaker
  • Deryck Barnes as Doctor Townes
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne as Toad
  • Roger Ward as Hooks
  • Vincent Gil as Dr Death
  • Bruce McPherson as Go Down
  • Dewey Hungerford as Septic
  • James H Bowles as Stinkfinger
  • Bindi Williams as Captain Midnight
  • John Ivkovitch as Zonk
  • Lex Mitchell as Ballini
  • Rhod Walker as Chairman
  • Slim de Grey as Inspector Hannigan
  • Owen Weingott as Alder
  • Ray Bennett as Sergeant Larson
  • Bill Hunter as barman
  • Helen Morse as Amanda
  • Rebecca Gilling as Vanessa
  • Sue Lloyd as Tart
  • Ros Talamini as Sunshine
  • Victoria Anoux as Flossie
  • Jane Gilling as Eurydice
  • Eva Ivkotich as Tiger
  • Billy Green as 69
  • Michael Robinson as Pinball
  • Garry McDonald as bike mechanic
  • Terry Bader as hamburger man
  • Lachlan Jamieson as disco proprietary
  • Drew Forsythe
  • Ros Spiers
  • Snowy Windsor.Rebels MC Club


Sandy Harbutt got the idea in 1970 when he wrote a script for an episode of the TV series The Long Arm in which he was appearing.[1]

Filmink magazine said "The biker movie was the modern day Western of choice in the 1960s" but argued this was one of the few Australian films to "embrace it as a story option."[2]

The Australian Film Development Corporation invested $154,000 in the film. The remainder of the budget and most of the technical facilities were provided by Ross Wood Productions in Sydney. The movie was shot in late 1973.[1]

The Hells Angels club (Sydney) provided assistance during production.


All Sydney, Australia


Although Stone was given an "R" rating it grossed $1,572,000 at the box office in Australia,[3] which is equivalent to $10,611,000 in 2009 dollars. It made a profit to its investors within 18 months.[1]


Several of the cast went on to appear in Mad Max (1979), including Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward, Vincent Gil, David Bracks and Reg Evans.[4]

Stone Forever

Stone Forever
Directed byRichard Kuipers
StarringKen Shorter
Sandy Harbutt
Distributed bySBS TV
Release date
11 December 1999
Running time
63 mins

Stone Forever is a 1999 documentary about Stone. Richard Kuipers was contacted by David Hannay and Sandy Harbutt to film a bike ride commemorating the film's 25th anniversary, which led to a full documentary about the impact of the film and the fate of the people who made it.[5]

See also


  1. Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998 p278
  2. Vagg, Stephen (24 July 2019). "50 Meat Pie Westerns". Filmink.
  3. Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
  4. David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p262
  5. Richard Kuipers, 'THE STONE TRIP - 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING', Urban Cinefile accessed 30 September 2012
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