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He was an 80s movie star and Indonesia's answer to Sylvester Stallone, but can New Zealander Peter O'Brian realise his unfulfilled potential and return to the big screen after being missing-in-action for 20 years?

In 1986, a 30-year-old itinerant teacher from New Zealand - Peter O'Brian - is travelling through Jakarta, Indonesia, on his Big OE when he is mistaken in the street for Sylvester Stallone by a film producer. When offered the role of Alex Rambu in 'The Intruder' - the Indonesian rip-off of Rambo - Peter is catapulted to fame.

Considered 'trash classics' by his small-but-loyal fanbase, Peter goes on to make a whirlwind trail of eight feature films across a decade, becoming one of the most celebrated action movie stars in Indonesia. Then, in 1998, he disappears from the action movie world without a trace.

But now he's back! And living in Tauranga!

After over 20 years away from acting, can Peter face his biggest challenge to date: a return to starring roles on the silver screen?

OPERATION: RAMBU! is a humorous, empathetic, action-packed story of one man's reflection on the fateful incidents of his past and an exploration into the idea that all art, no matter how low-brow, has value.

We are very excited to be selected for Loading Docs 2019 - a successful initiative where we can showcase Peter's incredible story and flex our filmmaking muscles. We would love for you to come on this journey with us by donating to our Boosted campaign. 

But it's all-or-nothing. If we reach our target of $2,500, then we unlock our first drawdown of $2,500 (from a total of $5,500) from Loading Docs. However, if we fall short of this target we won't be able to make this short documentary.

Help us raise more than our target and we could produce something truly fantastic: anything from a digital restoration process for Peter's films to adding retro 80s-tastic VFX and animation to our story, or maybe even travelling to Indonesia with Peter to meet some of the characters from his past and hopefully unearth celluloid prints of his old films!

We thank you for taking the time to check out our project profile and pitch video. Any donation, no matter how small, can help us bring Peter's untold story to life.

We greatly appreciate your support!

Loading Docs is supported by NZ on Air with additional support from NZ Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.

About The Director

Steve Austin holds diplomas in both Performing Arts and Theatre Studies and has extensive past experience working as a professional critic, casting agent, and itinerant drama tutor.

From 2005 to 2010, Steve was an integral part of the management team of V48HOURS Furious Filmmaking. As National Operations Manager for 2009 to 2010, he helped grow the profile and standing of the competition within the film industry. In Christchurch, as Regional Manager, he built the local competition from the ground up and has been a passionate advocate of short film growth and development both in the region and nationally.

More recently, he has starred in low-budget feature GHOST SHARK 2: URBAN JAWS and was an Associate Producer for Wallace Productions Ltd where he helmed their Video On Demand channel, oversaw re-releases of older titles (including the recent restoration of DESPERATE REMEDIES) and managed executive production feature film commitments (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, THE BREAKER UPPERERS, BEYOND THE KNOWN WORLD).

Steve is extremely passionate about film in every aspect, from all angles and is always striving to grow and support the wider industry. OPERATION: RAMBU! will be Steve's first film as director to be funded through a local platform.

About The Producer

Rajneel Singh is a multi-award-winning filmmaker who has over fifteen years experience in the industry. In that time, he has worked as an actor, writer, producer, editor, post-production supervisor and director for television, commercials, music videos, documentaries, live theatre and feature films.

Among his notable credits include the critically acclaimed film WARU, the children's television series CUSTARD'S WORLD and NIA'S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE, the Rob Tapert produced musical show PLEASUREDOME, the hit web series DARRYL: AN OUTWARD BOUND STORY, the television drama THIS IS PIKI, the mockumentary series FIND ME A MAORI BRIDE, his award-winning short films BIG BAD WOLVES and BLANK SPACES and, finally, over ten years of documentary/reality editing experience for Maori Television and TVNZ including TE PATAKA KORERO, TAMAKI PAENGA HIRA, WHANAU LIVING, HE KURA TE TANGATA and the Discovery Channel series FLIGHTPATH TELEVISION.

Rajneel has a passion for genre cinema and genre stories and OPERATION: RAMBU! is part of that kaupapa through which he seeks to further enrich New Zealand's cinematic landscape.

UPDATES

  • STRETCH GOAL #2 OBLITERATED!!!

    1 WEEK AGO

    WE'VE SMASHED ANOTHER STRETCH GOAL!!!

    There is only one force greater than RAMBU and that's his fans and supporters! No Eighties action movie could contain such awesomeness! We officially have ACTION GEAR on its way!!

    THANKS TO EACH OF YOU, we're now capable of fully equipping Peter O'Brian for his larger-than-life comeback in our documentary and letting him show off his range of talents! It's going to be AWESOME!!

    We have only 8 days left of our fundraising campaign and we're gonna put up one final stretch goal shortly that's gonna absolutely give us the perfect finish.

    Let's see if we can do it!

    GO TEAM RAMBU!!!

    STRETCH GOAL #2 OBLITERATED!!!
  • SECOND STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!!!

    2 WEEKS AGO

    WE'VE GOT ANOTHER STRETCH GOAL!!

    GOAL #2: ACTION GEAR!

    Our little film isn't just about Peter O'Brian's past achievements, but also about his desire to return to the world of acting and show New Zealand (and the world) how far his thespian chops have come!

    And we want to give him that opportunity! So our latest stretch goal is to help us pay for the right set of costumes and props for Peter to bring his new characters to life with!

    Maybe he sees himself more as a weathered police detective or a vicious biker villain or a gruff, yet fatherly, army sergeant or something completely unexpected?

    We don't know what Peter has in store for us; only that he's gonna use the fact that we're training our cameras on him as his opportunity to show his stuff.

    If we can hit $4000 in our Boosted campaign (which is only a couple hundred dollars away!) we can unlock this stretch goal and put together the hella' retired-action-hero's comeback kit!

    Please donate if you haven't already and be sure to share our Boosted page on your social media feeds!

    SECOND STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!!!
  • Unstoppable!!

    2 WEEKS AGO

    You people are insane!! A force to be reckoned with!!!

    You've helped us smash our first stretch goal into absolute smithereens!

    We're going back to the 1980's in style...ANALOGUE STYLE via our talented VHS artist and YOUR contributions!

    We've got more stretch goals coming up! So please keep sharing our campaign with everyone you know!

    RAMBU WANTS YOU...to help tell his story!

    Unstoppable!!
  • FIRST STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!

    2 WEEKS AGO

    Hello to all you amazing backers!

    We've been blown away by the amount of support our project has recieved and since we've exceeded our 100% funding goal, it's time we put all this surplus cash to good use! So we're announcing our first STRETCH GOAL!

    GOAL #1: VHS ARTISTRY!

    First up, we’d love to give OPERATION: RAMBU! a huge kick of that special 1980's visual authenticity. To achieve this, we're teaming up with indie, tape-based filmmaker and artist F. Theodore Elliott to help us create that VHS-era look.

    If we can hit the $3500 mark on our Boosted campaign (over $1000 above and beyond our original amount!) then Theo will be able to generate a variety of lo-fi, analogue-signal-based graphics and transitions and shoot B-roll for our documentary using authentic vintage video gear.

    Remember those beautiful glitches and tracking marks on your old tapes when you stuck them in your VCR? With your help, we are going to make those memories part of our story-telling experience!

    We're only a few hundred dollars away from hitting $3500 and making this a reality!

    PLEASE KEEP SHARING OUR CAMPAIGN TO ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED AND HELP SPREAD RAMBU-FEVER TO THE WORLD!!

    FIRST STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!
  • UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    3 WEEKS AGO

    You amazing people have helped us hit our minimum fund-raising target in just over 48 hours! You are all utterly incredible and OPERATION RAMBU! is officially green-lit!!!!

    But that doesn't mean our fundraising is over!

    $2500 is the bare minimum we needed to ensure we could get our production started, but we still need your support to help ensure that this story is going to be told the best way possible.

    If you were planning on sharing our campaign or video with your friends, please do so now! Their extra contributions will make a HUGE difference in OPERATION: RAMBU's production value, content and sheer entertainment factor!

    We've got 20 days left, more stretch goals to come and WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP.

    PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE AND CONTINUE TO DONATE IF YOU CAN! 

    RAMBUUUUUUU!!

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