United Kingdom 2017, 81 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
In his final season as a pro cyclist, David Millar must face the great beast that has been clawing at him: his dream of winning the Tour de France and finishing his career on a high note. Millar—one of the world’s top cyclists—is an intelligent, sharp and highly self-aware athlete, which is exactly why following him closely through his last stretch in the saddle is so exciting. Millar talks to the camera in his darkened hotel room and keeps it attached to his handlebars as he banks and swerves, skirting the edge of a precipice. Heaving and sweating, desperate and euphoric, he tries to grasp the forces that drive him to what seems beyond the limits of human ability—even when not all his dreams come true.
Production: Sonja Henrici, Finlay Pretsell
Production Company: Sdi Productions Ltd, Cycling Films Ltd
Editing: Kieran Gosney, Dino Jonsäter
Cinematography: Martin Radich
Soundtrack: Cj Mirra
Music: Dan Deacon
Finlay is a BAFTA award-winning filmmaker with a keen eye on film festival strategies and distribution for all of SDI films, short and feature length. He once set out on the long road to becoming a professional cyclist and has directed six multi award winning shorts, produced countless others. Most recently he produced the feature film Norfolk for BBC Films, BFI, Creative England with longstanding collaborator Martin Radich who is director of photography on David Millar Project (untitled), Finlay’s much anticipated first feature.
His breakthrough as a filmmaker was in 2007 with Standing Start, a short film which followed his passion for cycling (shortlisted for Grierson Newcomer Award).