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'1' documentary set for London opening 09 Jan 2014

1 Niki Lauda (AUT) Ferrari suffered a fiery accident in the race which inflicted life-threatening burns. German Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 1 August 1976. World ©  Phipps/Sutton Jackie Stewart (GBR) in a Matra Cosworth MS10 picks his way through the rain and fog to win the race by over 4 minutes, one of the finest victories of his career. German Grand Prix, Rd8, Nurburgring, Germany, 4 August 1968. World ©  Phipps/Sutton. John Surtees (GBR) Ferrari 158 3rd place. British Grand Prix, Brands Hatch, England, 11 July 1964. 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

The spectacular new Formula One documentary ‘1’ makes its London debut this week. The film tells the story of the drivers who competed during F1 racing’s most dangerous era in the 1960s and ‘70s and those who stood up to improve safety standards.

Using rare archive footage, ‘1’ features the largest list of F1 interviewees ever assembled for a single film, among them 12 world champions. Contributors include Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, Professor Sid Watkins, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, John Surtees, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Jody Scheckter, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Jacky Ickx and Martin Brundle.

The Spitfire Pictures, Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs production is directed by acclaimed documentary maker Paul Crowder, whose credits include the award-winning ‘Riding Giants’, and written by Crowder’s long-time creative partner Mark Monroe, the man behind Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove’. Nigel Sinclair, who co-produced '1' with Michael Shevloff, is a noted film and documentary maker who has previously won Grammys for ‘No Direction Home: Bob Dylan’ and ‘Foo Fighters: Back And Forth’.

"The early days of Formula One racing was a very different time - the risks were high and the characters were more than larger than life," said Sinclair. “Our film is a big screen experience in which we travel across the world with the glamorous circus surrounding this death defying sport but also experience the tragedy that came with it. It’s emotional, frightening and so very, very exciting, but ultimately about humanity and friendship between the drivers.”

“We set out to truly capture the spirit and soul of Formula One, the smell and the sounds, the charisma of the drivers and the pioneering spirit of a different generation," added Shevloff. "It was such a distinct period, so raw and real.”

“Millions of people worldwide watch the Formula One 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,” commented Crowder. “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.”

‘1’ is going on limited cinema release in various territories, with a DVD release anticipated later in 2014. For more details, click here.