WILLIAMS

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OUT 4 au­gust / CERT 15 / 109 Mins di­rec­tor Mor­gan Matthews cast Sir Frank Williams, Claire Williams, Vir­ginia Williams, David Brodie, Nigel Mansell

THE UPS AND down of fam­ily-run For­mula 1 team Williams, fo­cus­ing on its tena­cious owner Sir Frank Williams (a quad­ri­plegic since 1986), his late wife (present via au­dio tapes of her au­to­bi­og­ra­phy) and daugh­ter Claire, who’s now ef­fec­tively in charge of the busi­ness. This multi-per­spec­tive ap­proach has value. Not only does it em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of the Williams women, it also stops the doc from get­ting too ha­gio­graphic, while keep­ing it per­sonal — their com­men­tary em­pha­sises what a dif­fi­cult man Sir Frank can be and how he’s al­ways put his ob­ses­sion with F1 above any­thing else, them in­cluded. But it does make a rather scrappy struc­ture, broadly chrono­log­i­cal, but with some di­ver­sions slow­ing its nar­ra­tive mo­men­tum.

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