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Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree’s Story review – a legend made of old saucepans and roller skates

31 March 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Flying Scotsman is out for one last ride – and his idiosyncratic life is cinematic gold, even if this doc never quite picks up speed

A maverick underdog, a troubled depressive, a sporting hero and an autodidact engineer given to cannibalising bits of kitchen equipment for his self-built bicycles, Graeme Obree’s life is cinematic gold. This documentary follows a so-so biopic, The Flying Scotsman, covering his early life. Battle Mountain benefits from the fact it contains Obree’s own voice, rather than a fictionalised account of it. He’s compulsively honest – revealing his bipolar disorder, his long-closeted homosexuality and a nasty abscess that threatens his training – and remains endearingly enthusiastic, although we can occasionally glimpse a darkness through the cracks in his chipper persona. Twenty years after he broke his last world record, Obree is out of retirement and trying for one last title at the International Human Powered »

- Wendy Ide

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