Mo­tor­sport He­roes film stars an­nounced

MO­TOR­SPORT HE­ROES

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Mo­tor­sport He­roes, the first ma­jor fea­ture­film com­mis­sion of Mo­tor­sport Net­work, was given a sneak pre­view of its nar­ra­tive and cast list last week.

Di­rected and pro­duced by BAFTA and Sun­danace award-win­ning Senna mas­ter­mind Man­ish Pandey (right of pic), the film brings to­gether two-time For­mula 1 world cham­pion Mika Hakki­nen, ex-f1 star Felipe Massa, nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours win­ner Tom Kris­tensen and for­mer World Rally hero­ine Michele Mou­ton.

“Mo­tor­sport He­roes puts four cen­tral pro­tag­o­nists to­gether in a set­ting that is con­ducive to re­count­ing their in­cred­i­ble life sto­ries, their suc­cesses as much as their tri­als and tribu­la­tions,” ex­plained Pandey. “Rather than script the story, Tom,

Felipe, Michele and Mika re­lay their own rec­ol­lec­tions, they share their ex­pe­ri­ences. Thus the nar­ra­tive we are draw­ing out is or­ganic, driven by our he­roes them­selves.

“To frame and catal­yse their sto­ries, our ‘cast’ spent a week­end to­gether in an English stately home, do­ing what you do in a coun­try-house set­ting – shar­ing break­fast to­gether, ven­tur­ing out for a walk in beau­ti­ful park­land, re­treat­ing to seats around the fire. And as the group bonds and finds com­mon ex­pe­ri­ence, so the film jour­neys into some of the darker reaches of their lives where each of our he­roes are re­alised as they re­late how they found the re­serve of spirit to over­come chal­lenges that would crush lesser peo­ple.”

The film has formed a part­ner­ship with the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere (ICM), a global pow­er­house of neu­ro­log­i­cal re­search founded by FIA pres­i­dent Jean Todt, seven-time F1 world cham­pion Michael Schumacher,

FIA Med­i­cal Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Ger­ard Sail­lant and Fer­rari chair­man Louis Camil­leri.

Mo­tor­sport He­roes is sched­uled for gen­eral re­lease in May and will also be avail­able across Mo­tor­sport Net­work chan­nels.

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