Motor-racing docu ‘1’ to preem in Austin

Event marks inaugural Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix

LONDON — Motor-racing docu “1” will receive its world preem on Nov. 15 in Austin, Texas at a special presentation event to mark the inaugural Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix.

The pic tells the story of the golden age of F1 motor-racing, featuring rare archive footage and interviews with past F1 champions, including Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and reigning world champion Sebastien Vettel. It is helmed by Paul Crowder and scripted by Mark Monroe.

It is being produced by Exclusive Media’s docu label Spitfire Pictures, which was one of the producers of last year’s Oscar-winning docu “Undefeated.” Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs are also producers on “1.”

“The early days of Formula 1 racing was a very different time — the risks were high and the characters were larger than life,” said producer Nigel Sinclair.

The film follows in the footsteps of Asif Kapadia’s 2011 BAFTA-winning docu “Senna,” about Brazilian F1 legend Ayrton Senna, which grossed $11.8 million worldwide.

Exclusive also is one of the producers on Ron Howard’s “Rush,” which focuses on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The pic is in post.

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