66 Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2018 - Page 50

Previous page top Cameraman Darryl Ward gives director Bryn Evans a few pointers trackside. Below Motor racing makes for great drama and  great stories, says Fraser Brown.. Previous page bottom Fraser Brown (left) and Matthew Metcalfe  of GFC Films. Bottom Ward waits for his cue. Left Capturing the action as it happened was vital during the making of Born Racer. Aussie superbike racer and 1987 world champion, Wayne Gardner (Wayne, directed by Jeremy Sims of Last Cab to Darwin fame). First though, Born Racer: The Scott Dixon Story, is ready for its premiere. As Matthew Metcalfe says, the time to tell Dixon’s tale to a broader audience felt right. “It’s incredible how revered Scott is in the United States, but here in New Zealand I think his achievements are underappreciated. Unless you’re really into motorsport, his name might not be a well-known one,” he says. “When setting out to tell Scott’s story though, we knew we wanted to appeal to a wide audience, and not necessarily one that is focused on motorsport. Sport in general makes for fascinating subject matter, because you have natural stories contained within the game or the race. We aren’t pitching Born Racer to a Sky Sports audience though; Scott’s story is an amazing one to discover for any viewer.” While the GFC team now count three motor racing-themed documentaries in their stable of work, Fraser Brown says there hasn’t been a deliberate move to document the sport and its heroes; it’s just the way the opportunities have presented themselves. “As producers, Matthew and I are probably drawn to stories involving high-stakes and adrenalin; anything that gets the heart racing is going to provide a bit of spectacle,” says Brown, who admits to a love of motorbikes, including his current ride, a custom-framed Triumph Twister 790. Metcalfe, meanwhile, races a Ducati 1299 Panigale. So, yes; these guys are certainly no strangers to a little track speed of their own. After the release of McLaren, which received rave reviews here and overseas, Universal approached GFC Films to document a more contemporary motorsport story. Scott Dixon, dominant in the IndyCar series and rapidly climbing the ‘all-time greatest’ lists of pundits 48 66 MagAzine SPRING 2018