As if partying with the F1B crew wasn’t going to make your United States Grand Prix weekend the greatest ever, now there’s word that a pretty great sounding documentary on Formula 1 in the 1960s and ’70s will debut during the weekend. The official F1 site (not surprisingly) has the news:
Entitled ‘1’, the film tells the story of the drivers who raced during the sport’s most dangerous era in the 1960s and ‘70s and those who stood up to improve safety standards.
Using rare archive footage, ‘1’ features the largest list of F1 interviewees ever assembled for a single film, among them 12 world champions. Contributors include Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, Sid Watkins, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Jody Scheckter, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Jacky Ickx and Martin Brundle.
The Spitfire Films production is directed by acclaimed documentary maker Paul Crowder, whose credits include the award-winning ‘Riding Giants’, and written by Crowder’s long-time creative partner Mark Monroe, the man behind Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove’. Producer Nigel Sinclair is a noted film and documentary maker who has previously won Grammys for ‘No Direction Home: Bob Dylan’ and ‘Foo Fighters: Back And Forth’.
I’ve seen “Riding Giants” and can attest it was solid. If you know about “The Cove,” you might be joining me in doing a little double take on the same guy’s being involved, but stranger things have happened. (And will happen if you follow Paul and Grace around long enough during the weekend.) Here are a few more details:
The red-carpet special presentation of ‘1’ – a collaboration between SXSW Film Festival and race venue, the Circuit of The Americas – will take place on November 15 at the Paramount Theatre in the centre of Austin.
Spitfire Pictures is the documentary film production label of Los Angeles-based Exclusive Media, who are also currently in post-production on ‘Rush’, the highly anticipated Formula One feature film directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda, due for release in September 2013.
See how it all links up?