Steve McQueen – The Man & Le Mans
Directed by John McKenna, Gabriel Clarke
This is a story of obsession, betrayal and ultimate vindication. It is the story of how Steve McQueen, one of the most volatile, charismatic stars of his generation, who seemingly lost so much he held dear in the pursuit of his dream, nevertheless followed it to the end. A fascinating look at Steve McQueen’s cinematic Waterloo as he marries his two passions: movie making and Formula One racing. Compelling for its impressively kaleidoscopic account of a torturous film shoot and insight into a failed attempt by a powerful actor to gain more control over his career, this film makes use of a treasure-trove of hitherto unknown behind-the-scenes footage as well as private tape recordings featuring the candid thoughts of McQueen himself. McQueen’s longtime dream was to make a film about his great passion, race car driving, a sport he had been pursuing seriously for a decade. No film had properly captured it, he felt, and he wanted to make the ultimate racing picture that would enable the audience feel and understand what it was like to compete at the highest level. McQueen, having become a master of his own fate after the success of Bullitt, The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, and Papillon, the worlds most famous actor could call his own shots. He set out to produce and star in a film to be shot at the actual 24 Hours of Le Mans race in the summer of 1970. Revealing archival footage, including McQueen’s home movies, and a myriad of personal accounts take us behind the scenes of racing and movie making.