F1 » Rush denied by BAFTA

Ron Howard's recreation of the 1976 F1 world championship was thwarted in its pursuit of headline success in the 2014 BAFTA film awards, although it did win one technical category.

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February 17, 2014 10:06 AM

Its simple, if motor sport wants to be recognised in the movie industry then you choose a story about drivers who people know. Ron Howard should have gone with Prost v Senna or wait a decade and make Spandido v the Saxon which will see box office records broken for a motorsport movie.

I did watch a racing film once with James Garner I think it was made in the 60's , that was a top drawer movie.


February 17, 2014 10:30 AM


Hello Ron, yet another username to troll under.

try and keep mainstream politics out of motorsport if you could please, I come here to get away from that 'crap'


February 17, 2014 11:18 AM

ukip (rgt) you are right in a way. a film should be about drivers who people know. and that is exactly why rush was made about lauda and hunt!

not that it is all that good though, apart from the real life footage.


February 17, 2014 9:50 PM

Given the fact that awards programs(BAFTA, Oscars, GG, Grammy's etc) are merely nothing but a popularity content it doesn't surprise me.

Anyhow I haven't seen Rush to judge its merits, but speaking of these award program they have all become irrelevant.


February 18, 2014 2:33 PM

Ron Howard's name should have been enough star power alone. Where Rush failed with the 'in crowd' was not casting Tom Hanks and George Clooney as Lauda and Hunt.

Steve McQueens epic Le Mans failed at the box office (lack of fans buying tickets) but was a visual masterpiece. With backers bailing on him he financed a large portion himself for love of sport.

And the James Garner film Gran Prix, was well filmed too, they added more love interest for the ladies and it probably broke even.


February 18, 2014 9:16 PM

I was at the British Grand prix at Brands Hatch in 1976 and the passion from the crowd was immense. In all my years of spectating and competing since 1963 to the present, I have never seen a race meeting where the spectators were in danger of halting the restart of the race, due to the organisers threatening to stop James Hunt from competing in the restart following the 1st corner incident. Unfortunately the film never highlighted any of this, but it was an immense year attracting front page News in the National papers and even then you could detect the difference between Hunt and Lauda in their approach to the sport, and Lauda's return after the accident, to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The film was good viewing because the story appealed to those outside of the Motorsport fraternity, rather than just the enthusiasts!

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