Your Story Ep 32 : Andrew. Trash Video, Film Making and Filipino Search for Weng Weng.
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Your Story Ep 32 : Andrew. Trash Video, Film Making and Filipino Search for Weng Weng.

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Welcome To Episode 32 of Your Story.

Today we talk with Andrew Leavold who has an alternative video store with nearly 20,000 tapes and DVD’s supplying all the odd, eccentric Andrew and Trash Videoand obscure videos that have ever existed in all the genres imaginable.

Trash Video is the video version of the dusty old High Street Bookstore full of the old weird curios of the odd and eccentric that only the most passionate of owners can organise and know each of the individual items in the store. The vast majority of which aren’t available through the standard video stores.

The advantage Andrew feels  he has over the internet downloads is due to the fact that most of what is available in Trash Video isn’t available on the internet and so he feels that he is insulated in ways that the major video stores are not.

Lesbo-A-Go-GoAndrew takes us through the journey of his childhood in Oman watching bootleg videos and creating fake satanic rituals as a six year old to the development of an alternative view on film from other children. He then moves us to Australia where his now restricted access to videos caused him to start collecting the substance of his interests for himself that eventually evolves into Trash Video.

Trash Video is now an important part of the support for Andrews’ other passion into discovering more about the Filipino film industry particularly in the worlds shortest leading man “Weng Weng”.

Weng Weng was a black belt in Karate who was discovered and played in Filipino James Bond spoof films. The bizarre thing with Weng Weng is that he is 2’9″ (84cm)tall and for a time was incredibly popular in the Philippines including within the Marcos family. Andrews’ story of searching for Weng Weng is not only a story of a flash in the pan novelty acWang Wang 1tor but also a story of his own obsession for the discovery of this person and the amazing coincidences and famous people that he has meet because of this journey.

Now Andrew has funding for the completion of the documentary film that has been started and can look forward to returning to the Philippines to tie all the story line together for release for all of us to see. Hopefully sometime in 2010.

Don't mess with Wang WangThis is a story of someone having a dream with no comprehension of how to do it and being able to manage to pull it off.

His personal blog is andrewleavold.blogspot.com
The Trash Video website is www.trashvideo.com.au
email is trash@trashvideo.com.au

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  • Cameron ReillyNo Gravatar Tuesday, 24 March, 2009, 4:16 pm

    I listened to this today mate. Totally brilliant! I can’t wait to join up at Trash and meet Andrew. What a great interview.

  • ReneeNo Gravatar Saturday, 28 March, 2009, 10:28 pm

    Love this man! My local video store, get in there if you’re a Brisbanite. So often this place gets in trouble with money because they just cant compete with Hollywood and mainstream retailer’s dozen DVDs… support the little guy!

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