BATTLE Mountain – Graeme Obree’s Story made by Scottish filmmaker, David Street, is now available on video on demand services – following a successful UK cinema tour.
As David recounts in an exclusive interview published today at: http://www.creativescotland.com/explore/read/stories/film/2016/david-street-on-battle-mountain-graeme-obrees-story, the documentary follows Scottish cycling legend, double world record holder and world 4K pursuit champion, Graeme Obree, on his quest to challenge for the world land speed record at Battle Mountain in Nevada in 2013.
The attempt saw Obree cycling the bike that he built in his kitchen (nicknamed The Beastie by Sir Chris Hoy), his tools of choice being his mind, hands and eyes in preparation for his race against teams employing the latest computer simulation technology and world-leading aerodynamics experts.
Following the film’s premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015, the Battle Mountain team embarked on a 40 cinema UK-wide tour with screenings from Southampton to Inverness, with Graeme Obree joining many of the screenings for Q+A sessions.
Director, David Street: “We estimate that over 6,000 people have now seen the documentary on the big screen.
“The response has been amazing – right across the board; people do seem to have loved it. This was my first feature film after years and years of making TV programmes. Going on the UK tour with the film was a fantastic experience.
“Battle Mountain isn’t just about a sport and engineering genius. It is also about the fragility of the human mind and the mental strength required to make you a world record holder.
“Graeme openly talks about the difficulties he has encountered and survived through his life. He doesn’t shy away from his demons, everything is confronted head on.”
Alongside Graeme Obree, the documentary includes interviews with Sir Chris Hoy, Graeme’s sons, Ewan and Jamie Obree, and Graeme’s manager, Charlie Milarvie.
The film was supported by The UK National Lottery through Creative Scotland Targeted Screen Fund and through a successful Kickstarter campaign with members of the public pledging.
Leslie Finlay, screen officer at Creative Scotland, said: “Congratulations to David and the whole Battle Mountain team, the success of the film is testament to all of the hard work that has gone into this inspiring and moving documentary.
“The film’s release on video on demand services will enable a worldwide audience to see this Scottish film about an iconic Scottish figure.”
The music for Battle Mountain – Graeme Obree’s Story has been scored by Alun Woodward (The Delgados/Chemikal Underground) in his first major foray into composing for a feature documentary.
The documentary is now available on: iTunes, Amazon, Google, PlayStation, Xbox and Vimeo on Demand.
Notes to editors:
Director and producer: David Street
Executive producers: Charlie Milarvie, Beatrice Neumann, Murray Buchanan, Leslie Finlay
Editors: Colin Monie, Bernie McGurk
Duration: 144 mins
Creative Scotland funding: £33,000 Targeted Screen Funding through the UK National Lottery
Film trailer: http://www.gobattlemountain.com/The-Trailer.html
Director, David Street biography (in his own words)
I’ve spent most of my working life in TV in a variety of roles. I started as a trainee assistant film editor at Granada TV in Manchester working on series such as World in Action and Coronation Street eventually working as a director/producer for the BBC, C4 and ITV – in between I made commercials and ran a Beef and Sheep Farm in the Lakes District.
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