66 Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2018 - Page 49

DOCUMENTING A LEGEND WORDS CAMERON OFFICER PHOTOS JEN RAOULT @ CLAIROBSCUR Matthew Metcalfe and Fraser Brown of GFC Films gave 66 Magazine the inside scoop on what it takes to bring a great sports documentary to the big screen. Just how do you go about distilling down all the action from a season in the life of a top- level racer into 90 minutes? There is, after all, more drama, suspense and emotion contained within a single race weekend for a sportsperson like Scott Dixon than many of us will experience in a month of Sundays. Or two months. Or three. Thankfully, tracing the narrative of Dixon across a continent-spanning IndyCar campaign was in safe hands with GFC Films’ Matthew Metcalfe and Fraser Brown. Because these guys, it should be noted, have what’s known as ‘form’ when it comes to translating high-speed adrenalin onto the big screen. Last year, Metcalfe and Brown successfully brought the life and career of New Zealand motorsport icon Bruce McLaren to a global audience with McLaren (which was directed by another legendary Kiwi, Roger Donaldson). Waiting in the wings this year is a thoroughly entertaining-looking documentary about 66 MagAzine SPRING 2018 47