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Damon Hill to be Subject of New Intimate Film from ‘Maiden’ Director – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Former Formula One Champion Damon Hill Is The Subject Of New Documentary From Alex Holmes, Director Of BAFTA-nominated Biopic Documentary Young lady.

The feature film will explore the story of how Damon Hill overcame the tragic death of his father, Formula 1 icon Graham Hill, and took on the challenge of becoming a world champion in one of the sports. the fastest and most dangerous in the world. He will trace a lifelong search for a son to understand his father against the backdrop of two contrasting eras in the sport and how Damon struggled with his father’s legacy.

With support from Damon Hill and Hill Estate, the filmmakers will use Hill’s intimate family archives as well as archives showcasing the glamorous but very dangerous era of 1960s motorsport and the intense on-track rivalries of Formula 1 icons from the 1990s Schumacher, Senna and Prost.

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Production is expected to start later this year. Contributors will include, among others, Bernie Ecclestone, Gerhard Berger and David Coulthard.

Independent Entertainment, the new name of Luc Roeg’s (We need to talk about Kevin) Independent Film Company, launches sales of the project upstream of the Cannes virtual market.

The producers are Simon Lazenby, lead presenter of the Sky Sports Formula 1 cover, and Victoria Barrell (Bobby Robson: more than a manager) both from Sylver Entertainment. Luc Roeg and Cora Palfrey of Independent Entertainment are the executive producers.

Damon Hill said: “I am delighted that my intimate story exploring my deep connection to my father and the strong parallels in our pilot careers is brought to the screen by unique filmmaker Alex Holmes. “

Director Holmes added: “This documentary will have all the richness of a dramatic feature film. He has the elements of a classic story, an orphan child who is impoverished and neglected after his father’s death, but who fights to claim the crown. It is full of incredible characters. Graham Hill was a sports titan and Damon led to an era of titans including Prost, Schumacher and Senna. The story will be told by those who are qualified to tell it, those who were there. Those who have lived it. And at the heart of the film is our hero, Damon, a (sport) man of rare compassion and articulation who combines the ability to relive the moment for us, to get back in the heat of the moment.

The well-received 2018 film by Holmes Young lady, picked up by Sony Classics for the United States, told the story of Tracy Edwards, the 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989 .

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