The extraordinary racing career of Sir Jack Brabham, Australia’s first Formula 1 champion, is being brought to life in a major documentary film which is co-produced by Heckler.
The film titled ‘Brabham’ is a feature length biopic about the legendary racing driver and is produced by Aurora Films in association with Heckler, with its co-founder Will Alexander also serving as an executive producer.
The Sydney headquartered design, animation and visual effects house delivered 130 VFX sequences and six minutes of traditional 2D animation along with directing and producing the opening title sequence.
The cream of the world’s motor racing industry were treated to a special preview of the documentary in Melbourne on Monday, which was opened by former F1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart, ahead of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend.
Four years in the making, the film tells the story of the three-time Formula 1 world champion who won a total of 14 grand prix and was the first world champion to drive a rear-engined car that he designed and built in Australia. Brabham was the only person in F1 history to win both the drivers and constructors championships.
It features archive footage of Brabham’s racing career and includes interviews with Sir Jackie Stewart and John Surtees, Grand Prix winner Sir Stirling Moss, former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone, who owned the Brabham team from 1971- 1988 and Ron Tauranac, who co-founded the team with Brabham and designed many of the cars before selling it to Ecclestone.
Fellow Australian racing star and Mark Webber also features.
Will Alexander, executive producer at Heckler and of ‘Brabham’ said: “Sir Jack Brabham is an Australian icon and a motor racing trailblazer whose influence on the sport remains to this today.
“While many know his name the sheer scale of his achievements are less known, which is why Heckler working alongside Aurora Films, is delighted to bring Sir Jack’s story to life for all to learn more about this remarkable man”.
Brabham producer and director Akos Armont added: “We’d like to recognise the time and commitment Heckler has put into the Brabham film.
“Heckler’s creative contribution has helped the Brabham film push the traditional boundaries of the motor sport genre.
“We are particularly grateful to have worked with Will and his team at Heckler in bringing this story to a global audience”.