EXCLUSIVE: Former Formula 1 champion Damon Hill is the subject of a new documentary by Alex Holmes, director of BAFTA-nominated documentary Maiden.
The feature will explore the story of how Damon Hill overcame the tragic death of his father, Formula 1 icon Graham Hill, and takes on the challenge of becoming world champion in one of the fastest and most dangerous sports in the world. It will depict a son’s lifelong quest to understand his father against the backdrop of two contrasting eras in sport and how Damon wrestled with his father’s legacy.
With the support of Damon Hill and the Hill Estate, the filmmakers will leverage Hill’s intimate family archives and archives covering the glamorous but highly dangerous era of motorsport of the 1960s and the intense rivalries of Formula 1 icons Schumacher, Senna and Prost of the 1990s Years show.
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Production is scheduled to start this year. Contributors will include Bernie Ecclestone, Gerhard Berger and David Coulthard.
Independent Entertainment, the newly renamed name for Luc Roegs (We Need To Talk About Kevin) Independent Film Company, is starting sales of the project in front of the Cannes virtual market.
Producers are Simon Lazenby, lead presenter of Sky Sports Formula 1 coverage, and Victoria Barrell (Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager), both of Sylver Entertainment. Independent Entertainment’s Luc Roeg and Cora Palfrey are executive producers.
Damon Hill said: “I am delighted that my intimate story of my deep connection with my father and the strong parallels in our racing career is being brought to the screen by the unique filmmaker Alex Holmes.”
Director Holmes added, “This documentary will have all the richness of a dramatic feature film. It has the elements of a classic story, an orphaned child who is impoverished and overlooked after the death of his father, but fights his way to the crown. It’s packed with amazing characters. Graham Hill was a titan of the sport and Damon rode in an age of titans like Prost, Schumacher and Senna. The story is told by those who are qualified, who were there. Who lived it. And the focus of the film is our hero Damon, a (sports) man of rare compassion and articulation, who combines the ability to relive the moment for us and to put himself back in the heat of the action. “
Holmes’ well-received 2018 film Maiden, shot by Sony Classics for the United States, told the story of Tracy Edwards, the 24-year-old charter boat cook who became the skipper of the first all-female crew to ever board the boat Whitbread Round the World Race 1989.