I will post films from the Bundex Film archive here over coming months. Bundex Films comprised director, Bunny Dexter, myself editor cum sound engineer, along with Eugene Smith, cameraman. We travelled to film various parts of the world making political, environmental and quirky documentaries during the early age of digital video in the 1990s. Bunny was a judge at several international film festivals, and we won an award in Poland for one of our films. Bunny had a flying start to her career in the 1960's winning Chicago Film festival prize for one of her comedy short. At NY film school, Bunny’s teacher was Marty Scorsese, who would call at Bunny’s flat when visiting London. We made two versions of a 3D hologram of Marty, of which he has one and the other is on my wall. Following Bunny’s passing in 2000 I inherited the huge shoulder-harness digital camera which remains in my garage and has less capability than a modern smartphone. More about this and other films later. I have some boxes to sort through, and am sure I have forgotten some projects which will come as a surprise when I rediscover them. The footage gives unique insights from a period of very rapid evolution and transformation in film-making.
Documentaries include the Homeless and their Dogs, Gipsy persecution in Hungary, a study of Tattoo’s and Tattoo artists, Momento Mori – a film of an elderly lady following her death (B had prior permission from her), and our portrayal of Cocoa plant agricultural sabotage and shenanigans in Brazil. There is unseen footage from these and other films, and interviews with Bunny before her death which I will edit together. She had an interesting life including appearances in Andy Warhol movies, and early success with a short film with Hollywood beckoning. Woody Allen was in her NY film school class, and many of her friends went on to become big stars, but B was too much of a socialite, and was unable to get her screen plays produced. At least one political biography that I have is very good, I might update it for sub-Hollywood production in the future. Anyway, Bunny had an interesting “career” and was close friends with Yoko & John Lennon from her guerrilla art days, Jimmy Hendrix, also Graham Chapman and some of the Pythons. She was often on Python sets, and introduced John Cleese to his first wife, Connie Booth, who had starred in one of Bunny’s comic shorts.
Bunny was famous for her party hosting, and attracted an eclectic crowd. We were a fixture at the Chelsea Arts club for a few years, and almost uniquely for former members Bunny has a plague in the gardens there, her “home from home.”