Crash and Burn (2016)

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For a fleeting moment in the early 80s Tommy Byrne was the world's greatest driver - the motor racing equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali all rolled into one. Byrne was a cocky, aggressive driver from humble roots and the F1 glitterati simply didn't like the mix. Driving was a route out from a future of toil and drudgery he saw stretching out before him. In a little over four years Tommy Byrne went from driving a Mini Cooper in stockcar racing, to the big-time in Formula One. His rise was meteoric and his fall spectacular.

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Whether you have an interest in Formula One or not, Crash and Burn is an engaging, and at times moving account of an extraordinary life.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

This documentary is not just a sport film, this is a character portrait of a man's struggles to come to terms with a career that has passed.

Mar 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Most interesting for the insight it gives into the ugly, elitist attitudes in Formula One.

Jan 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Crash and Burn] puts vivid flesh on the story's bones with a plentiful stash of archive footage, a colourful bunch of talking heads, and plenty of opinionated input from Byrne himself.

Dec 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film gives a clear sense of Byrne's colourful personality and his ability to annoy the wrong people.

Dec 30, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's a fascination and poignancy to this gripping sports documentary, about someone who deserves a kind of legendary status for the way he didn't become a legend.

Dec 29, 2016 | Full Review…

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