9 items from 2017
Author: David Sztypuljak
We’ve been rather blessed with wonderful motor racing documentaries and feature films over the past few years. Senna immediately comes to mind bringing unseen footage and a truly inspiring story that was beautiful to watch on the cinema screen. The likes of Tt: 3D based around the Isle of Man Tt was another that stands out introducing the fabulous Guy Martin to the world!
Today we’ve been sent the first look trailer of ‘McLaren’ – a feature-length documentary about Bruce McLaren and the man behind the company that still continues at the top flight of international motorsport to this very day. McLaren takes us through the rise, domination and legacy that Bruce McLaren was able to leave after his untimely death in a crash while testing in 1970 at age of just 32 while testing his new M8D at Goodwood.
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- David Sztypuljak
Everybody loves a good documentary. But not everybody loves sport. However, a really good sport documentary will bridge this gap perfectly and before you know it you’ll feel like the biggest fan of [insert sport] there is and that you want to know every tiny detail of it. One of those is Best (George Best – All By Himself), which you can see on 24th of February, and to celebrate we’ve taken a look at some of the best sporting documentaries there are on offer that anyone and everyone can enjoy, from Formula 1, to professional bodybuilding. And truly, you don’t even need to be a sports fan to enjoy any of these gripping documentaries…
Before the heartbreaking Amy, Asif Kapadia applied his immense documentary making skills to the story of Formula 1 ace, and three time world champion Ayrton Senna, widely considered one of the greatest drivers the sport ever had. »
- Amie Cranswick
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– HBO has acquired the U.S. TV rights to “David Bowie: The Last Five Years,” directed and produced by Francis Whately. The film spotlights two critically acclaimed albums and the stage musical “Lazarus,” offering new insights into Bowie’s extraordinary creativity during the final five years of his life.
Featuring a wealth of rarely seen Bowie interviews, archival footage, audio from the recording sessions for “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and unprecedented access to Bowie’s closest friends and artistic collaborators, the film is a tribute to one of the greatest rock icons of all time.
– The Weinstein Company will »
- Graham Winfrey
“My life has been an extraordinary adventure,” Wyman said. “The time feels right to delve into the archive and tell my story before I croak.”
The film has been made in collaboration with the former founding member and bass guitarist of the Rolling Stones, who performed with the iconic band from 1962 to 1993. He was the oldest member of the band when he joined at age 26 and — along with drummer Charlie Watts — usually opted for a low public profile. He’s led the band Bill Wyman’s Rythym Kings since 1997.
The film will feature previously unseen film footage and photographs. The deal was announced at the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday.
- Dave McNary
The higgledly-piggledy format of this archive-based film offers little reflection or analysis about the charismatic art joker
The success of Asif Kapadia’s films Senna and Amy, which dispensed with talking heads in favour of generating narrative from archive footage alone, has opened up a new avenue for documentary. It is one along which the makers of Beuys proceed with some uncertainty.
They have at their disposal an abundance of material. After all, the groundbreaking German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys, who died in 1986, was no shrinking violet. He staged numerous art happenings, such as the 1965 work How to Explain Paintings to a Dead Hare, for which he caked his entire head in honey and gold leaf and cradled the eponymous creature while whispering lovingly in its ear. Nine years later, an animal took a more active part when Beuys was placed in a room in New York with »
- Ryan Gilbey
3 February 2017 12:23 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
God is – finally – getting the feature documentary treatment.
Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, described as an unflinching and deeply personal journey into the life of one of music's all-time legends, is in the works, with Lili Fini Zanuck, director of 1991's Rush and the Oscar-winning producer of Driving Miss Daisy, directing.
Altitude Film Sales has boarded the project for international sales and will be showing the first footage to buyers in »
- Alex Ritman
Lili Fini Zanuck, the Oscar-winning producer of “Driving Miss Daisy,” is to direct documentary feature “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars,” partnering with producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar-winners “One Day in September” and “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales, and Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights. First footage will be unveiled to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market.
“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days,” said Zanuck, who previously directed 1991 crime drama “Rush.” “He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”
The film will also examine Clapton’s personal life, which »
- Leo Barraclough
According to the Telegraph, members of Blair’s staff met producer James Gay-Rees, whose On the Corner production company was behind the Amy Winehouse film, which won the best documentary Oscar in 2016, as well as Formula One documentary Senna and music film Oasis: Supersonic.
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- Andrew Pulver
A documentary on Irish racing driver Tommy Byrne gives an insight into the sport but is strictly for fans
This documentary about the rise and fall of Tommy Byrne, a talented but troubled also-ran on the motor racing circuit, is most interesting for the insight it gives into the ugly, elitist attitudes in Formula One. But unlike Asif Kapadia’s Senna, there’s not much here to recommend the film to non-fans of the sport.
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- Wendy Ide
9 items from 2017
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