added: Thu, Sep 12th '13
Documentary editor/filmmaker Paul Crowder, whose list of credits includes directing the concert-doc "The Last Play at Shea" and editing Stacy Peralta's acclaimed skate/surfboarding docs "Dogtown & Z Boys" and "Riding Giants," has set his sights on the motor sport of Formula One racing for his latest effort, simply titled, "1."
Similar to Ron Howard's upcoming fact-based drama "Rush," this documentary also harkens back to the late '60s and early '70s when Formula One racing was reaching a circus-like pinnacle, and where drivers were seen as "gladiators." The film, however, will show how these daredevil speedsters, fed up with watching their fellow competitors killed in fatal crashes, fought against organizers over safety issues and changed their sport for the better.
Narrated by Michael Fassbender, the doc will debut first on iTunes starting on October 1st, before expanding to other VOD platforms on October 11th. Watch the trailer, above.
An action documentary that brings the glamour, speed, danger and excitement of Formula One Grand Prix racing to viewers. The film tells the story of the golden age of Formula 1, when the sport became terrifyingly dangerous. In the late 1960s, Formula 1 cars doubled their engine size and sprouted wings, making them incredibly quick, but even more hazardous. With money pouring in from sponsorship and a new worldwide television audience, superstar drivers were born, thrown like gladiators into the ring. The drivers were legendary with charisma and raw talent, but many of them paid the ultimate price.
directed by Paul Crowder
starring Michael Fassbender (narrator)
release date October 1, 2013 (iTunes), October 11, 2013 (VOD)