Four legends of motorsport share their love of four wheels growing up, their successes, failures, personal struggles, and life-threatening accidents
Heroes, which is Motorsport Network’s first film commission, brings together legendary drivers from F1, Le Mans 24 Hours and rallying who share never-before-heard stories of triumph and tragedy. The film will be available to view on an SVOD basis on Motorsport Network’s OTT platform Motorsport.tv.
Gallery: 'Heroes', on Motorsport.tv
Written and directed by Manish Pandey, who wrote the multi award-winning Senna movie, the 111-minute film features two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen, former Ferrari grand prix ace Felipe Massa, nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen and Michele Mouton, still the only woman to have won World Championship rallies. All four also share their intimate memories of competing alongside Seven-times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, whose story is also told.
Across ten chapters the interweaving narratives of the motorsport stars are featured with both archive and first-hand testimony. One of the underlying narratives is the human fragility of drivers and Heroes has officially partnered with the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière (ICM), one of the world’s leading brain and spine research institutes, which has enjoyed an enduring relationship with Formula 1.
James Allen, Motorsport Network President said, “The response to Heroes has been overwhelmingly positive and through watching Mika, Felipe, Michele, and Tom share their big breaks, successes, failures, personal struggles and life-threatening accidents you cannot help but be moved. Manish’s skill as a writer and director really has crafted something special and we look forward to sharing our film with motorsport and non-motorsport enthusiasts alike.”
Manish Pandey, writer and director said, “As a filmmaker, of course, you dream of creating something very special. And ‘Heroes’ is very special, quite unlike any documentary, out there. But you also want to reach as many people as you can - and with the powerhouse of Motorsport Network speaking to motor racing fans this a dream for any filmmaker.”
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