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Coming soon - the definitive Formula One documentary 12 Feb 2010

The podium (L to R): James Hunt (GBR) McLaren, second; Niki Lauda (AUT) Ferrari, winner. French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, 6 July 1975. Winner Jacky Ickx(BEL) Brabham BT26A takes the lead from Jackie Stewart(GBR) Matra MS80 after a duel lasting sevral laps German GP, Nurburgring, 3 August 1969. World ©  Phipps/Sutton. Podium and results; 1st Jackie Stewart (GBR), Matra, centre. 2nd Bruce McLaren (NZL), McLaren, left. 3rd Jean-Pierre Beltoise (FRA), Matra, right. Spanish Grand Prix, Rd2, Montjuich Park, Spain. 4 May 1969. World © Phipps/Sutton Emerson Fittipaldi (BRA) Lotus 72C retired on lap 55 with a broken rear suspension. Spanish Grand Prix, Montjuich Park, 18 April 1971. World © Phipps/Sutton

Production is underway of the definitive feature documentary on Formula One racing. Scheduled for cinema release in spring 2011, the new film will tell the story of the golden Grand Prix age and will include interviews with the sport’s leading personalities, drivers, designers and engineers.

Featuring the most iconic F1 locations, from historic Monaco to the futuristic Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, the film is being produced by Exclusive Media Group’s (EMG) documentary unit, Spitfire Documentary Films, along with Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs.

Writer Mark Monroe’s credits include the 2010 Academy Award nominated documentary, The Cove, while director Paul Crowder is the man behind the Spitfire documentary, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who and Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.

“We are truly honoured to make this film, to tell this story which has never been told,” said EMG’s Co-Chairman and CEO Nigel Sinclair. “The heyday of Formula One racing was a very different time, when the risks were high and the characters were larger than life.”

Producing the film are Emmy award winning producer Michael Shevloff and Nigel Sinclair, who produced the Grammy Award-winning documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, directed by Martin Scorsese.

“Our goal is to achieve a big screen ‘action documentary’ experience with all of the style and charisma of the era,” Shevloff stated. “With Paul Crowder and Mark Monroe’s bold style we plan to tell a great story as well as transport the audience on to the track and in to the car.”

Crowder added: "Mark and I are thrilled to partner again with Spitfire and to team up with Flat-Out Films. This is a fantastic opportunity to take the history of these men and the grandeur of Formula One and translate that into a cinematic experience.”

The project has the support of Bernie Ecclestone and Formula One Management. Exclusive Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales and distribution, and will be representing the film at the forthcoming European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin.