Faster (2003 film)
|Directed by||Mark Neale|
|Written by||Mark Neale|
|Narrated by||Ewan McGregor|
|Edited by||Rochelle Watson|
|Distributed by||Slamdance on the Road|
Faster is a 2003 documentary film about the motorcycle road racing world championship, MotoGP. Filmed between 2001 and 2002 by director Mark Neale, it features cinematography by music video director Grant Gee and is narrated by Ewan McGregor. It was succeeded by a 2-disc "Ultimate Collector's Edition" re-release in 2004 which included "Faster '03-'04 The Sequel". In 2006, The Doctor, The Tornado and The Kentucky Kid (or DTK) was released, followed by "Fastest" in 2011 and "Hitting the Apex" in 2015.
The film spotlights the MotoGP world championship, the premiere level of motorcycle road racing, which is a series of sixteen races on five continents contested by twenty-four riders. The film includes appearances by Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Australian veteran Garry McCoy and young American John Hopkins. Several former world champions are interviewed, including Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz, paralyzed former racer Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene.
The film depicts the bitter rivalry between Max Biaggi and Valentino Rossi. Their personality clash is captured in television interviews and they lock horns both on and off the track.
Sections of the film feature Dr Claudio Costa, a physician who follows the riders from track to track. Dr Costa lends his unique style to mending broken bones and advising riders on their suitability to put their broken bodies back out on the track.
Garry McCoy's unique style is portrayed. Gary somehow manages to spin up his rear tire while braking into corners. Despite breaking the "rules of riding" Gary manages to nab fastest lap times and win races with his impossible style.
The film was produced by Los Angeles-based Spark Productions in association with Dorna Sports SL, the rights-holder for MotoGP, and shot around the world between 2001 and 2002. It was executive produced by Neale, Ian MacLean and Chris Paine.
- Max Biaggi
- Loris Capirossi
- Carlos Checa
- Mick Doohan
- Colin Edwards
- Noriyuki Haga
- Nicky Hayden
- John Hopkins
- Eddie Lawson
- Randy Mamola
- Garry McCoy
- Shinya Nakano
- Kenny Roberts
- Wayne Rainey
- Valentino Rossi
- Kevin Schwantz
- Barry Sheene
The film was released as a 2-disc DVD on November 16, 2004. In addition to the movie, extras include on-board camera footage from actual races, and a short sequel film called "Faster & Faster" on events after 2003 and the early stages of the 2004 season which mainly focused on Valentino Rossi's transition from Honda to Yamaha.
- Foundas, Scott (April 7, 2004). "Filmed over the course of the 2001 and 2002 racing seasons". Variety.com.
- "FASTER had its world premiere at the 2003 Cannes International Film Festival". Faster Mmovie. Archived from the original on 2009-02-20.
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