RedBull caught up with director Paul Crowder ahead of the release of his new F1 documentary film “1: Life on the Limit“. Formula One hasn’t changed it is still the same basic concept – cars racing fast, really fast. The biggest change since the early day is safety, with no driver dying behind the wheel of an F1 car since the tragic death of Ayrton Senna back in May 1994.
The documentary shows how the sport evolved from its humble beginnings in post-war Britain to “a bit of a circus act,” and finally to today where it is one of the most watched and loved sports in the world. A large roster of Formula One personalities were interviewed for the film including Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, Michael Schumacher, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Niki Lauda, John Surtees and Damon Hill to name a few, all talking about the sport they love.
Given the blessing of Bernie Ecclestone from the inception, the movie had total access to everything ever shot at a Grand Prix. “We had 250 two hour DVDs to go through and everything in the Brunswick library and all FOM’s footage,” says Michael Shevloff, “But it was Alain Boisnard’s images of Francois Cevert that really capture the mood of the film.”
Narrated by Michael Fassbender, the documentary is an action-packed, cinematic documentary that channels the speed, excitement and abject danger inherent in this most glamorous of sports. In so doing, 1: Life On The Limit showcases a world where drivers were akin to rock stars and where safety definitely wasn’t always put first.