Rush (2013)

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl in Rush (2013). Both men are wearing red racing jumpsuits, and Brühl holds a red helmet in his arms. Behind them is a row of red racing cars.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl in Rush (2013) ©Universal Pictures

Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Peter Morgan
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Alexandra Maria Lara
Production Company: Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Working Title Films, Imagine Entertainment, Revolution Films
Kent Locations Used: Brands Hatch

Rush (2013) is an action-drama biopic about the 1970’s Formula 1 rivalry between charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda whose glamorous fast paced lifestyles and jobs as racing drivers push them to breaking point.

Rush has an award winning team behind it, with director Ron Howard (Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13) and writer Peter Morgan (The Crown (2016-2020), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)) having both previously won 2 Oscars. 

The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor), Daniel Brühl (Inglorious Basterds, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Olivia Wilde (BoJack Horseman, TRON: Legacy), Alexandra Maria Lara (The King’s Man, Downfall) and Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, Game of Thrones).

The Rush production team visited Brands Hatch for 2 days in March 2012 and a further 2 days in May 2012 where it doubled as race tracks in Nurburgring, Monza and Firano.  The Brands Hatch hospitality suite was used to set the fateful driver’s meeting where James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) swayed the drivers to race despite the dangerous weather conditions.

Brands Hatch is in Swanley in the Sevenoaks district of Kent and is a popular race track that was used for the Road Cycling events of the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Other productions to have filmed there include Grand Prix (1966) and CI5: The New Professionals (1999).

Rush was released in cinemas on Friday 13 September 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD. 

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