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Formula 1 documentary to mark sport's US return

1TheUnvarnishedStory.jpgA new documentary about Formula 1 is getting a special showing to mark the return to the U.S. of the sport. On November 15th, just before the weekend of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, a special screening will show the film titled simply, 1.

It tells the story of what is described as the golden age of Formula 1 racing, although I'm not entirely sure what the exact period is that the film will cover we know who the documentary is going to include and the names being interviewed do conjure up some classic races.

The cast list on the Spitfire Pictures site lists Mario Andretti, Jody Scheckter, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, Martin Brundle and John Surtees as the drivers in the cast with Bernie Ecclestone, Herbie Blash, Max Mosley and Eddie Jordan as some of the people behind the scenes who will also feature. In some of the articles about the film release, I'll reference the Variety article, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are also mentioned as starring.

The site also tells us that the film title is 1: The Unvarnished Story, a strange title, and carries the blurb for the film:

"1" is an action documentary that brings the glamour, speed, danger, and excitement of Formula One Grand Prix racing to the big screen. The film tells the story of the golden age of Formula 1, when the sport became terrifyingly dangerous and the drivers were like rock stars with charisma and raw talent, but with many of them paying the ultimate price. "1" follows the story of the drivers who raced on the edge and those who stood up to change the sport forever. It is about the greatest show on earth - Formula 1.

It does sound as though the documentary will be looking at some of the classic drivers, teams and races from the time when Formula 1 racing was still in its infancy and very dangerous.

Paul Crowder has directed the documentary which is written by a long time creative partner Mark Monroe and with the two having worked on a number of documentaries together it looks like it will be one to get hold of for F1 fans, the problem will be where for there's no information on how it will be available after the special screening pre-race weekend in Austin.

Couple this with the upcoming release of the Ron Howard film Rush about the James Hunt and Niki Lauda championship rivalry and of course not forgetting the still fresh success of Senna, and we could be looking at F1 breaking into film once again.

If the Austin Grand Prix is a success with American audiences then there will definitely be a spike in the desire for more Formula 1 but will that reach to Hollywood?



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