A scene from TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE, a film directed by Richard De Aragues. Picture courtesy CinemaNX and Isle of Man Film. All rights reserved.
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TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)
Opened: 11/11/2011 Limited
|Fallbrook 7||11/11/2011 - 11/17/2011||7 days|
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Genre: British Documentary
TT3D: Closer to the Edge is a stunning a film about the 2010 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy, the world's most famous annual road racing event which transforms this beautiful small island into a bikers' paradise.
The races take place along public roads packed with spectators who have come from all over the world to watch bikes racing just inches apart. With speeds hitting 200mph the TT has a reputation for excitement, courage and danger. Rarely a year goes by when someone isn't killed: every rider knows that each race might be his or her last. Riders pit their skills against each other with a determination to win and push themselves beyond their limits in their bid to become "King of the Mountain".
In TT3D we discover what motivates these modern day gladiators who live and breathe road racing and meet some of its biggest stars. "People's Champion", Guy Martin, a true maverick who has a unique take on life and whose off -road antics continually exasperate his sponsor and race officials. John McGuinness, fifteen times winner of the TT prepares to race with an obsessive passion to win combined with the fatalistic understanding that each trip to the TT might be his last. We meet Bridget Dobbs, widow of TT star Paul Dobbs "Dobsy", who accepts with equanimity that her husband, like many others, died living the dream in the pursuit of glory.
TT3D: Closer to the Edge is a story about the enduring strength of the human spirit and the will to win. Available on DVD and Blu-ray 3D on November 28th.
"If I ever settle for this mundane existence you can take me out and shoot me... If I finish life with more than £2 in my pocket then I've made a miscalculation" -- Guy Martin
Truck mechanic Guy Martin is a true maverick who has a sharp wit and a unique take on life and whose off-road antics continually exasperate his sponsor, mechanics and race officials. Since his debut in 2005 he has become one of the most talented riders and is determined to win in 2010. He's charming, handsome, sexy, and sometimes crude and incredibly funny - the ultimate bad boy in black leather who refuses to stick to the rules and become a corporate rider.
John is the current road racing no.1 and "king" of the TT and for fifteen years the favorite to win any race. Last year after surpassing the legendary Mike Hailwood's fourteen TT wins he became the most successful living rider but a broken chain frustrated his goal of winning five successive Senior TT victories. This year he's back to settle the score.
Despite being one of the most experienced riders he isn't scared to show his nerves or vulnerability. Now a father of two, John is coming to the end of his career and having lost some of his best friends to the sport, knows better than anyone that eventually a race like the TT will "get you".
"I'm a hard rider to ride with, if you want to race and beat me you have to be willing to wrap yourself around a post in doing so" - Michael Dunlop
The Dunlop name is synonymous with both triumph and tragedy in motorcycle road racing, Despite the traumatic experience of being on the same track during his father's death in 2008, Michael and his brother William rode in honour of their father just two days after the incident. Michael went on to win the race and needed to be carried to the podium as he was so overcome with emotion.
In 2009 he won his first TT but has been accused of being reckless, even dangerous in his riding and despite the Dunlop name he is under constant financial pressure. To keep at the forefront of racing, Michael will need to move away from the shadow of his father's death and carve a place as a champion in his own right.
A former bank clerk and "local boy made good", Conor Cummins represents the Isle of Man's best chance of one of its own winning at the TT in nearly ten years. At only 23 Conor is regarded as one of the sport's most prominent sporting stars and in 2009 he became the fastest road racer in the world setting a record 132mph average lap at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Will 2010 be Conor's year to take the TT prize back home for Isle of Man or will the pressure of his Island's expectations prove too much for him?
"At these speeds there is such a fine line between victory and disaster, I am so happy to have created history in this manner." - Ian Hutchinson
As a relative newcomer "Hutchy's" career has been a phenomenal success, winning two TT's in one day last year and a NW200 in 2010 as well as competing every week at the top of the British Superstock Championship. Quiet and softly spoken compared to the other riders, Ian takes his racing extremely seriously, putting in grueling hours of training both on and off a bike during winter. He refuses to let anything get in the way of victory and constantly pushes himself that extra mile for success and glory.