TT3D: Closer To The Edge is a film about the TT, the world-famous motorcycle race that takes place on the Isle of Man every year. Racing along public roads on bikes just inches apart – with speeds hitting 200mph – drama, tension and tragedy all combine to thrill the audience and tell a very moving human story. Producers CinemaNX have had unique behind-the-scenes access to the races and the lives of the riders who compete to be ‘King of the Mountain’.
The film follows the leading riders taking part in the 2010 race, in particular Guy Martin and Ian Hutchinson. Martin is a lovable rogue who doesn’t play by the rules, but his determination to win his first race pushes him to the limit. Hutchinson is dedicated, focused and works hard to stay at the top. The film is about their battle to become the ultimate rider in the most dramatic and record-breaking year in TT history. The race has always called for a commitment far beyond any other sporting event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice and the strength of human spirit; it’s also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win.
TT3D: Closer to the Edge is directed by Richard de Aragues, is produced by Steve Christian and Marc Samuelson and was shot and will be released in 3D.
TT3D: Closer to the Edge is the world’s first feature length 3D sports documentary. At its heart is the 2010 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (the “T.T.”), the world’s most famous annual motorcycle road racing event, which once a year transforms this beautiful small island into a bikers’ paradise. TT3D is a fascinating insight into man’s enduring obsession with speed, risk taking, and the will to win. There is no greater challenge to any riders’ ability than the Isle of Man TT’s mountain circuit.
The Isle of Man TT races are the ultimate challenge for rider and machine and rarely a year goes by when someone isn’t killed. Every rider knows that each race might be his last, as they pit their skills and determination to win and push themselves beyond their limits in their bid to become “King of the Mountain”.
In TT3D we witness an unparalleled victory, heartbreaking sadness, and feats of emotional heroism, unbelievable bravery and super-hero levels of human skill that can only be believed if you are lucky enough to see it. Packed with high speed, thrilling 3D coverage of the races TT3D also explores the very human story behind the visor, the danger, tragedies and dramas of these courageous men and women who dedicate their lives to the challenge of the TT as they mentally and physically push themselves beyond their limits, in the world’s greatest motorcycle road racing event.
The races take place along public roads packed with thousands of spectators who have come from all over the world to watch bikes racing just inches apart. At speeds hitting close to 200mph The TT has a reputation for excitement, courage and danger.
Nobody lines up on the start line for the money; they come for a love of the sport and a desire to test themselves against the most gruelling course in the world, 37 ¾ miles of treacherous bends, drops and walls to be navigated at breakneck speed.
Using the latest highly innovative 3D technology, TT3D captures the excitement and drama of the 2010 races as 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 is a true maverick with movie star looks and charisma who has a sharp wit and a unique take on life and whose off-road antics continually exasperate his sponsor, mechanics and race officials. Guy, one of the most talented riders on the circuit is determined to win in 2010.
John McGuinness is a racing legend and the most successful living rider, winning the TT fifteen times. Unafraid to show his nerves or vulnerability John prepares to race with an obsessive passion to win combined with the fatalistic understanding that each trip to the TT might be his last.
Conor Cummins is one of the Isle of Man’s most prominent stars, truly living the dream. Having left the safety of his 9 to 5 job as a bank clerk, he now devotes his whole life to racing. He’s the “local boy come good” and is hugely popular on the island. The pressure is on for Conor to bring home the prize in 2010 and in TT3D we see how he pushes himself beyond endurance with stunning consequences.
Ian Hutchinson is a relative newcomer whose career has been a phenomenon. In 2010 “Hutchy” won two TT’s in one day and another important road race, the NW200 in Northern Ireland 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 in his pursuit of success and glory.
For more than 100 years riders have flocked to the Isle of Man in search of thrills, glory and triumph. The TT has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and since the race began over 200 people have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. In TT3D we also meet Bridget Dobbs, mother of two and widow of Paul Dobbs (“Dobbsy”) who tragically died in the 2010 races. Bridget understands and accepts with equanimity and grace that her husband, like many others, died pursuing his passion in the quest of glory and speed.
2010 TT encapsulates the 103-year history of the TT, as the film captures all the dramas, thrills, excitement and tragedies of what has happened in the extraordinary history of the races with incredible 3D footage.
Despite the near fatal injuries, those that survive all want to go back and do it again. We see Guy in his hospital bed at the end of the film, riddled with broken bones, making light of his near fatal crash and Conor getting around on crutches and refusing to use a wheelchair. Even Ian Hutchinson, who is always so cool and infallible, reveals his vulnerability when he’s talking about the possibility of losing his leg and explains that he’ll do anything to get back on the bike. Nothing encapsulates this more than Richard “Milky” Quale, a TT champion who retired in 2003. He is still involved in the sidelines of the TT but admits that life has less meaning now he no longer races and can’t get his fix.
Filmed in stunning 3D, TT3D: Closer to the Edge is a story about the enduring strength of the human spirit and the will to win.
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