November 5, 2016 at 4:56AM
Quentin Tarantino’s Unreleased Feature Film: My Best Friend’s Birthday
We all have to start somewhere and Quentin Tarantino is no exception. Unlike popular lore Tarantino did not come bursting through the indie film gates with Reservoir Dogs as his first film. His first little ditty was an unreleased feature film called “My Best Friend’s Birthday.”
“My Best Friend’s Birthday” is a black-and-white amateur film written by Craig Hamann and Quentin Tarantino. This was also the first film the Quentin Tarantino directed. It was shot while he was working at the now sadly closed down indie film shrine Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, CA.
The project started in 1984, when Hamann wrote a short 40-page script about a young man who continually tries to do something nice for his friend’s birthday, only to have his efforts fail miserably.
Tarantino and Hamann expanded the short script into a full-length feature film screenplay. Some of the dialogue and characters would eventually find a home in Tarantino’s classic screenplay True Romance.
Watch the film here: https://www.indiefilmhustle.com/quentin-tarantino/