Thursday, 15 November 2012

Michael Fassbender to narrate Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures' Formula 1 documentary "1"



London (November 15, 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.

Exclusive Media is a vertically integrated global filmed entertainment company, founded in May 2008 with the backing of the strategic investment group Cyrte Investments.  Exclusive Media develops, finances, produces, markets and distributes prestige and talent driven commercial and documentary feature films on a global basis.
Exclusive Media is run by a four member Executive Board with Nigel Sinclair as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Guy East as Co-Chairman, Simon Oakes as Vice Chairman and President of Hammer and Marc Schipper as Chief Operating Officer.  Supporting the Executive Board in both the operational management and strategic expansion of the business is a strong team of highly skilled professionals who have a broad range of complementary experience.
Exclusive Media’s development and production activities operate through three specialist labels: UK based Hammer for genre titles, Spitfire Pictures for documentary features and the flagship label Exclusive Media for all other feature film production.  Exclusive Media also enjoys a co-development and co-production deal with Cross Creek Pictures.
Exclusive Media’s international sales & distribution division maintains a strong marketing presence and represents the group’s in-house productions plus its growing library of over 600 titles, as well as actively acquiring third party feature films to further strengthen its international distribution slate.  Additionally, under a unique and exclusive partnership with Scott Pictures, Exclusive Media handles the international sales and servicing for the production company’s theatrical feature films under a new and separate sales label called Scott Pictures International (SPI).

The company recently launched a US distribution company, Exclusive Releasing and holds a minority stake in Millennium Entertainment.
For further information about the company, our slate of films, library and our experienced management team please

Spitfire Pictures is Exclusive Media's documentary film production label, based in Los Angeles.  In 2011, Spitfire produced the Academy Award winning documentary UNDEFEATED which was released through TWC and Martin Scorsese's acclaimed Emmy winning film GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD which also won the 2012 Critics Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature and was nominated for a BAFTA.  Spitfire’s credits also include the Grammy Award winning FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH, AMAZING JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE WHO and the award winning NO DIRECTION HOME: BOB DYLAN also directed by Martin Scorsese. 

Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, share and inspire the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow.  SXSW Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drives the entertainment and media landscape, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition. 
A nexus of discovery and collaborative energy, SXSW Film celebrates the art and business of the possible.

Circuit of The Americas is the first purpose-built, state of the art Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and is home to the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ set for Nov. 16-18.  Its signature element is a dynamic 3.4-mile circuit track which has recently been described by Mario Andretti as "phenomenal, with all the features that race car drivers are looking for."

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