I loved the beast

I loved the beast

There have been some absolutely disastrous movies made about cars. Take Driven starring Sylvester Stallone. No, actually, don’t take it…just leave it. And then there was Days of Thunder…

Anyway, on a brighter note, Eric Bana’s new movie Love The Beast has taken pole position in the car movie race. It’s a documentary about Bana’s Ford Falcon XB that he bought as a 15-year-old, and continually rebuilt with a group of mates over 25 years. The story culminates in a total rebuild by a professional race shop and his subsequent entry into Targa Tasmania, 11 years after he first entered. It’s no secret that in the car vs. Targa match that the Targa scored a knockout punch, rendering the XB Falcon a gibbering wreck.

It’s easy for those who have never been petrolheads to dismiss Bana’s loss as trivial, but a look inside the deep personal connection Bana and his mates had with the car, with some help from Dr Phil McGraw, Jeremy Clarkson and Jay Leno, should leave everyone in no doubt that people can form deep attachments to non-living things, especially when those things display a character of their own.

If you have even the slightest interest in cars, Love The Beast should be on your list of movies to watch; if you don’t have any interest at all, it’s still a compelling insight into the psyche of a man and his passion.

The movie starts screening June 4. More info is at www.lovethebeast.com.au

There have been some absolutely disastrous movies made about cars. Take Driven starring Sylvester Stallone. No, actually, don’t take it…just leave it. And then there was Days of Thunder…

Anyway, on a brighter note, Eric Bana’s new movie Love The Beast has taken pole position in the car movie race. It’s a documentary about Bana’s Ford Falcon XB that he bought as a 15-year-old, and continually rebuilt with a group of mates over 25 years. The story culminates in a total rebuild by a professional race shop and his subsequent entry into Targa Tasmania, 11 years after he first entered. It’s no secret that in the car vs. Targa match that the Targa scored a knockout punch, rendering the XB Falcon a gibbering wreck.

It’s easy for those who have never been petrolheads to dismiss Bana’s loss as trivial, but a look inside the deep personal connection Bana and his mates had with the car, with some help from Dr Phil McGraw, Jeremy Clarkson and Jay Leno, should leave everyone in no doubt that people can form deep attachments to non-living things, especially when those things display a character of their own.

If you have even the slightest interest in cars, Love The Beast should be on your list of movies to watch; if you don’t have any interest at all, it’s still a compelling insight into the psyche of a man and his passion.

The movie starts screening June 4. More info is at www.lovethebeast.com.au

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