Rush (2013)

 

Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt posing with some ladies at a F1 racetrack

Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt © Rush Films Limited

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Peter Morgan

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Dormer, Alexandra Maria Lara

Production company: Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media, Working Title Films, Imagine Entertainment, Revolution Films

Kent Filming Locations: Brands Hatch

Rush 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.

Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda sitting in F1 race cars

Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda © Rush Films Limited

Rush has an award winning team behind it, with director Ron Howard (Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13) and writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) having both previously won 2 Oscars. 

The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Bastards, The Bourne Ultimatum), Olivia Wilde (The O.C, TRON:Uprising), Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) and Natalie Dormer (Captain America, 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.

Don’t miss Rush was released in cinemas on Friday 13 September 2013 and is now available to buy on DVD. 

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the film: http://www.rushmovie.com/

For more information about Brands Hatch: http://www.brandshatch.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/


Grand Prix (1966)

Grand Prix picture of racing car

Grand Prix © MGM

Director: John Frankenheimer

Starring: James Garner, Yves Montand, Antonio Sabato, Eva Marie Saint

Production Company:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Douglas & Lewis Productions, Joel Productions, John Frankenheimer Productions Inc, Cherokee Productions

Locations used: Brands Hatch

Grand Prix is a film that follows four Formula One drivers through a fictional 1966 Grand Prix and charts their tough and dangerous races, as well as their accidents, losses and love affairs.

At the 39th Academy Awards held in 1967, Grand Prix won three Oscars for Best Sound Effects, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

Directed by John Frankenheimer (Birdman of Alcatraz, The Train, Seconds), Grand Prix stars James Garner (The Rockford Files, The Notebook, The Great Escape), Yves Montand (The Wages of Fear, Jean de Florette, Z), Antonio Sabato (Seven Blood-Stained Orchids, War of the Robots, Beyond the Law) and Eva Marie Saint (Superman Returns, On the Waterfront, Exodus)­.

Brands Hatch is the locations used in Grand Prix for the UK race in the championship.

Brands Hatch, is in the Sevenoaks district of Kent and is a popular motorsport race track which has previously been used as a film location for the James Hunt and Niki Lauda biopic Rush (2013) directed by Ron Howard.

Grand Prix is available to purchase on DVD.

Links:

For more information about filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060472/

For more information about Brands Hatch: http://www.brandshatch.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/