"Battle Mountain - Graeme Obree's Story" will premiere at The Edinburgh International Film Festival on 24th June 2015 and screen for a second public viewing on 25th June 2015. Both screenings will be at Cineworld, Fountain Park, Edinburgh EH11 1AF.
The documentary film follows Graeme Obree on his quest to challenge for the world land speed record at Battle Mountain in Nevada in 2013, cycling the bike that he built in his kitchen and named "The Beastie" by Graeme's friend and fellow legend of cycling, Sir Chris Hoy M.B.E.
The film which is directed by filmaker David Street has captured something quite remarkable as Graeme prepares himself for his quest to ready and race at Battle Mountain however it was a project which presented many challenges as David explains,
"Opportunities to make films about living legends rarely present themselves. Being allowed access while observing a great legend at work is an even rarer privilege. One that I couldn’t refuse, but it didn’t come without its own film making challenges.I wanted to make a feature documentary that celebrated work and the creative process that was entertaining but carried messages way beyond a first viewing. The complex genius of Graeme Obree gave me the perfect subject. Every filming session was like opening a Pandora’s Box, I had no idea what would happen, how or when, so I was constantly thinking on my feet, trying to get the shots to craft a film in the cutting room. It gave nightmares to both the editors that worked on the project. The result though is a film of intense honesty, you see Graeme in his world creating, building, training and racing as only he can. His openness and generosity to the filmmaking process gave me the opportunity to bring the audience a very special insight into this remarkable man. Graeme’s self-deprecating sense of humour is woven through the film and helps create a modern day fable that touches on concerns about waste, recycling, environment, mental health and personal achievement.
The music for "Battle Mountain - Graeme Obree's Story" has been scored by Alun Woodward (The Delgados/Chemikal Underground) in his first major foray into composing for a feature film. Already a huge cycling fan the opportunity to score the music for a film whose main subject is Graeme Obree was one that Alun felt inspired to do. The fruits of that inspiration now feature with a stunning feature film musical composition debut.
Tickets to the screenings at EIFF are available at https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/films/2015/battle-mountain-graeme-obrees-story
For information on "Battle Mountain - Graeme Obree's Story" follow on twitter at @gobattlemountain and facebook at GO BATTLE MOUNTAIN
It is countdown time to this year's Flying Scotsman Sportive with the event scheduled for mid-summer day 21st June 2015. Riders participating are in for a double treat as Graeme Obree will be joined by none other than GB's greatest Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy M.B.E to ride The Beastie so participants will have the chance to meet and ride with two of the legends of cycling.Both routes have been selected personally by Graeme Obree, The Beastie 77.2m and Old Faithful 42m and use routes guaranteed to provide a challenge for all.
Anyone who has followed Graeme Obree and is familiar with his biography 'The Flying Scotsman" will be aware of the history of 'The Valley' with Galston, Newmills and Darvel prominent during Graeme's early cycling days.
So we have been in USA for a couple of days now. We had an overnight in Salt Lake City on Thursday and travelled to Elko on Friday.We collected the Beastie from the shipper Enviroco/Asco Freight Management. The drive to Elko takes you past the Bonneyville Salt Flats and over the mountains. The scenery is dramatic and the weather matched with electric storms. We arrived Elko Friday evening. Managed some training for an hour on Friday. Saturday morning was devoted to working on The Beastie with a session on the bike in the afternoon. The weather is hot and the air is really dry. We head to Battle Mounain today with the IHPVA Speed Challenge starting tomorrow morning.
Photos of the unboxing of "The Beastie," the bike Graeme has created to challenge the 85mph human powered vehicle speed record at Battle Mountain.
Photos from Rick Robson, http://www.cyclesportphotos.com/