Generally when people speak about the icon that is Steve McQueen, it’s his roles in Bullitt, The Great Escape or The Thomas Crown affair that people refer to. However it’s McQueen’s passion project, and Box Office flop, Le Mans, that forms the basis of a new documentary that premiered at Cannes last year. Content Media’s Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans takes a closer look into McQueen’s ambitious, and perhaps even volatile pursuit to create the 1971 film, Le Mans.
From financial strife and on-set rivalries to McQueen’s personal issues, the troubled production was infamous. The film pairs newly discovered footage and the star’s private recordings with original interviews about one of the world’s most popular actors chasing his redline dream. “I don’t think there is any race car driver who can really tell you why he races,” McQueen says in the trailer. “But I think he can probably show you.”
The film is set to premiere in London on Oct 14, Australian dates to be confirmed.