“When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting”
Film-maker and journalist Gabriel Clarke, well-known to British viewers for his football reporting on ITV, has teamed up with John McKenna to direct the documentary about one of the greatest movie stars of all time, and the film that almost destroyed him. Steve Mcqueen: The Man & Le Mans is the new documentary that has, both motor racing and film fans extremely excited, due to the wealth of remarkable unseen footage and outtakes featured in the pic. Described as a story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication, The Man & Le Mans follows McQueen’s quest to make a movie in the early 1970s about the famous 24-hour race in France. The making of the film was plagued with several problems; starting with director John Sturges quitting on set, McQueen’s marriage falling apart, and the company nearly going bankrupt before finishing the shoot. The movie was never a box office success but it went on to develop a large cult following due to its realistic racing scenes made without the use of CGI and without an over-dependency on stunt doubles. And now, it has its own documentary on the making of the film which promises to take viewers inside the mind of McQueen and his obsession to save his movie, no matter what the cost. Steve Mcqueen: The Man & Le Mans will screen this week at Cannes. There’s no U.S. distribution yet, but a clip featuring narration by the legend himself, has been released online to whet your appetites. Enjoy!