Spring Break is coming to an end and the Williams Lake Film Club is back.
Our next film will be shown this coming Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at the Gibraltar Room, back doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Our next screening is Rush, a film by renowned American director Ron Howard. Yes, Rush is about the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula-1 competitors James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Am I a fan of Formula-1 racing? No. Am I a fan of life? Absolutely and completely. This film shows a rare slice of life. Two men of similar backgrounds, friends over quite a few years, caught up in the cutthroat competitive world of racing. It shows their male vanity and with that their male insecurities.
We normally see this depicted by women on the screen, rarely ever by men.
The film shows this so well that we end up caring a lot about both of them.
About “The Rat” Niki Lauda’s nickname because of his severe overbite and not very attractive looks, and about his playboy friend, young, very handsome James Hunt, who keeps his anxieties hidden even when he is suffering bouts of pre-race nausea.
The film is full of action, mostly filmed in the original locales with original cars obtained from collectors. It is full of glitz and glamour, and it shows us the people behind all of this posturing and fighting for first place. It shows us the fun, the emptiness, the all out commitment, the despair.
The acting, the directing, the writing – all are first class. The film has won 4 awards and been given 34 nominations. It was huge in Europe, but did not attract the North American audience. After all, who is Niki Lauda? Who is James Hunt?
They never raced for NASCAR.
Niki Lauda just celebrated his 65th birthday on February 22. After retiring from Formula-1 in 1979 he started a charter airline called Lauda Air which flew from Austria to holiday destinations in Europe and North Africa.
As he needed more money to run his business he came out of retirement in 1982. He even had his commercial pilot’s license and was known to be the captain on his airline’s flights at times. His airline is now a subsidiary of Air Berlin. In addition, he has written five books.
James Hunt died of a heart attack in 1993 at the age of 45, at his home in Wimbledon, London, England, just hours after proposing via telephone to his then girlfriend Helen Dyson, who was 18 years his junior and working as a waitress. He left two sons by his second wife. And by that time he had lost a significant portion of his money in bad business deals.
This film is all about the choices you have in life – and the choices you make.
About the gifts given to you – and what you do with them. And this simple story is told so very well in Rush!
Regular admission is $9, for Film Club members $8, and $6 for seniors (65+) and students, HS and TRU.