Michael Fassbender to Narrate Formula 1 Documentary

     November 14, 2012

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Michael Fassbender, the charismatic actor who brought Prometheus’ android, David, to life, will now lend his voice to Formula 1 racing documentary, 1.  A long-time F1 fan, Fassbender will narrate the documentary from award-winning filmmaker Paul Crowder (Riding Giants). Written by Mark Monroe (The Cove), is an action documentary that brings the spectacle and drama of Formula One Grand Prix racing to the big screen. Complete with never-before-seen footage and interviews with 12 former champions as well as power players from the F1 world, will screen tomorrow at Austin’s Paramount Theater and will be completed with Fassbender’s narration. Hit the jump for the full press release.

michael-fassbenderHere’s the full press release:  



Los Angeles, California (November 14, 2012) Long time Formula 1™ enthusiast and Golden Globe nominated actor, Michael Fassbender, has signed on to narrate Exclusive Media’s Spitfire Pictures’ new documentary film “1”, it was announced today by the film’s producer and Exclusive Media co-chairman Nigel Sinclair and fellow producer Michael Shevloff together with director Paul Crowder.

Fassbender is the German-Irish actor who stars in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and PROMETHEUS.  For his acclaimed performance in SHAME he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award.  He recently completed shooting Terrence Malick’s latest and untitled film with Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and will shortly begin production on JANE GOT A GUN also starring Natalie Portman and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

“We are honored that Michael has agreed to lend his voice to our film. He is one of the most talented actors in the world today as well as being a Formula 1™ fan.  His charismatic and daring approach to acting lends itself perfectly to our story about a generation of risk takers in a glamorous and dangerous sport. We couldn’t be more excited,” said Sinclair and Shevloff.

“Michael Fassbender is a brilliant and fearless actor who will bring all the passion and excitement of our action documentary to life. There is truly no better voice to tell this story,” said Crowder.

Renowned documentary filmmaker Paul Crowder directs “1.” His credits include Spitfire Pictures’ AMAZING JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE WHO and THE LAST PLAY AT SHEA, and ESPN Films’ ONCE IN A LIFETIME.  As an award winning editor Crowder’s credits include the Sundance Film Festival documentary hits RIDING GIANTS, which Crowder received the A.C.E. award for Best Edited documentary,  and DOGTOWN & Z BOYS, winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.   Both films were released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics.

“1” is written by Mark Monroe, Crowder’s long time creative partner, who wrote the Oscar winning documentary THE COVE and THE TILLMAN STORY.

Producer Nigel Sinclair is a noted feature film and documentary filmmaker having won two Grammy’s for the documentary films NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN and FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH as well as an Emmy Award for Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD.  He was also nominated for a BAFTA for both BOB DYLAN and GEORGE HARRISON and nominated for a Grammy for AMAZING JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE WHO.

Produced by Exclusive Media’s documentary feature film label Spitfire Pictures (Academy Award winning UNDEFEATED) with Flat-Out Films and Diamond Docs, “1” is an action documentary that brings the glamour, speed, danger, and excitement of Formula One™ Grand Prix racing to the big screen.   The high octane film includes never-before-seen archive footage, a rich soundtrack and the most impressive list of Formula 1™ interviewees ever assembled, including 12 world champions past and present. Their names include: Sir Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel, Emerson Fittipaldi, Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill. Other notable interviewees are F1™ Chief, Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, Formula 1™ team doctor Professor Sid Watkins, Jacky Ickx, Eddie Jordan and Martin Brundle.

SXSW Film Festival and The Circuit of The Americas (CoTA), the Austin Grand Prix racing track, have teamed up with producers to present “1” at a Special Presentation event on Thursday November 15th, the first night of the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ weekend, at the Paramount Theatre in the center of Austin.

The audience in Austin will get the first look at the film which will be completed with Fassbender’s narration.


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