Actor steers automobile film for Patikalar Prods.

Thesp Eric Bana is making his directorial debut with “Love the Beast,” a documentary about his 25-year love affair with a 1974 Ford Falcon Coupe.

Bana describes “Beast,” which took him two years to shoot, as “an unexpectedly emotional journey” in which he explores the importance of friends, hobbies and what it means to live life to the fullest.

Doc includes cameos from talkshow host Dr. Phil and Brit auto-aficionado Jeremy Clarkson (“Top Gear”).

Pic, now in post, is produced by Melbourne’s Patikalar Prods. and will be distribbed in Oz early 2009 by Madman Entertainment.

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