The mesmerizing F1 documentary film 1: Life on the Limit
finally gets its cinema release this week, opening at London's Empire Leicester Square on Friday (10 January).
Hot on the heels of Senna
, StudioCanal further mines the rich seam of real-life drama to be found in the F1 world in an action-packed, cinematic documentary that channels the speed, excitement and abject danger inherent in this most glamorous of sports. The film, narrated by actor and F1 nut Michael Fassbender, charts F1's journey from comparatively humble beginnings in post-war Britain, through to the game-changing events of the 1976 season recently examined in the Rush
, as well as the untimely death of F1 superstar Senna, whose life was detailed in the highly acclaimed eponymous documentary film that kick-started cinema's interest in the sport.
1: Life on the Limit
showcases a world where drivers were akin to rock stars and where safety definitely wasn't always put first. Utilising rare archive footage and gathering the largest and most comprehensive selection of F1 interviews ever collected, the film examines a sport that, even in its golden age, was stealing lives at a terrifying rate.
“Millions of people worldwide watch the F1 races as the circus travels the globe, but there are many who just don't know the history behind this, at one time, incredibly dangerous sport,” director Paul Crowder told the official F1 website, “Our film conveys the essence of the era while telling this story and giving intimate insight into the life and personality, struggles and triumphs of racing's pivotal characters.”
With comment from Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Bernie Ecclestone and Niki Lauda amongst others, 1: Life on the Limit
looks set to add another riveting, essential documentary to the modern pantheon.
The cinema release will be followed by a digital release on 7 March and a Blu-ray and DVD release on 17 March.