The Cove's Mark Monroe to Make Formula One Documentary
by Ethan Anderton
February 9, 2010
One of the most daring and revealing documentaries of last year is also one of the most talked about. The Cove is an eye-opening look into the dolphin slaughtering in a secret cove off the coast of Japan which has gone from its Audience Award winning premiere at Sundance last year to an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary. Now Variety says the film's writer, Mark Monroe is teaming up with Paul Crowder (who has edited docs like Riding Giants, and co-directed Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who) to make a documentary on the world's fast paced and most expensive sport Formula One auto racing. Read on!
No on has successfully crafted a narrative film based on Formula One auto racing, but the most recent was the 2001 film Driven with Sylvester Stallone, so it sounds like a doc might give the sport its due diligence. Three production companies (Spitfire Documentary Films, Diamond Docs and Flat-Out Films) are on-board to produce the doc which will span the history and evolution of the racing circuit. With all the tension and excitement that came from the daring antics of the camera crew in The Cove, Monroe will certainly have no problem translating the speed, danger, and excitement of Formula One to the big screen. Maybe even in 3D?
Flat-Out Films' Michael Shevloff says: "Our goal is to achieve a big screen action documentary experience with all of the style and charisma of the era." Spitfire Pictures' Nigel Sinclair continues, "The heyday of Formula One racing was a very different time, when the risks were high and the characters were larger than life." The documentary is fully endorsed by Formula One, and shooting is already underway, interviewing everyone from the drivers to engineers. There's a chance that I might actually become interested in racing now. I guess we'll have to see how this turns out. How many other readers are Formula One fans?