Monday, 28 October 2013


To make a film there are obviously some things you will need, besides money that is. You will require a story or at least someone to adapt a story and write a screenplay. Peter Morgan, a British screenwriter who name has been synonymous with films like The Queen (2006), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), The Damned United (2008) and Clint Eastwood's supernatural drama Hereafter (2010), should fit the bill. Then of course you're going to need a director lets say Ron Howard who most of us will remember as Richie Cunningham in no less than 171 episodes of the TV series Happy Days that originally aired between 1974 and 1984. He made his directorial debut in 1977 and has to his credit award winning films like Cocoon (1985), Apollo 13 (1995) and A Beautiful Mind that won him an Oscar in 2001 for Best Director. Other films of note have included the western The Missing (2003), The De Vinci Code (2006) and the political drama Frost/Nixon in 2008. But of course without the Director of Photography you will have nothing to look at! There are some very good cinematographers but none better than the British camera man Anthony Dod Mantle who was responsible for the camerawork on the first of the film’s made under the Dogme 95 banner Festen (1998) directed by the Dane Thomas Vinterberg, and three films with Lars Von Trier including 2009's controversial Antichrist. He also worked with Danny Boyle on 5 movies including the recent psychological thriller Trance (2013). Now your need a sound track or a score, not all films need one but generally if you intend to produce an exciting drama then you probable will and one of the best composers in the business is Hans Zimmer who has been involved with composing a great many film scores including Gladiator (2000), The Dark Knight (2008) and another award winning Christopher Nolan film Inception (2010).
Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl.
Coincidently this team were used on the recent very well made and extremely exciting biographical sporting drama Rush (2013), a dramatized account of the rivalry between two very famous Formula One drivers. The drivers involved were British born James Hunt, the George Best of motor racing, whose climb to the top started with touring car racing and then the Formula Three route driving for Lord Hesketh’s Racing team and then in 1973 entered Formula One leaving Hesketh to join the McLaren team were he earned most of his success. The other driver involved in this rivalry was the Austrian Niki Lauda who eventually won the F1 World Championship three times.
Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
The intense competitiveness between these two totally different men is very well formulated, Hunt comes across as the devil may care playboy who love of racing is only matched by his love of women, whereas Lauda is the technocrat, more interested in mechanical engineering and risk assessment than the high life. Two things make this film very special firstly great casting with Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, best known for his role as the mighty Thor, plays James Hunt with German actor Daniel Bruhl (Good Bye Lenin 2003, The Edukators 2004, Inglourious Basterds 2009) as Niki Lauda. Both actors bear an uncanny likeness to the actual drivers as we witness at the end of the film when we get some archive footage. Secondly its spectacular motor racing sequences which really do have you on the edge of your seat. But what makes the film even more adsorbing is that we are given a glimpse inside two of F1 great characters, and we are left only to decide, as Peter Bradshaw asked which was the champ and which was the chump?[1]

[1] Peter Bradshaw The Guardian September 2013

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