The Niki Lauda F1 biopic "Rush" starring Chris Hemsworth will premiere next month in Melbourne ahead of it's October 3 release in Oz.
Directed by two-time academy award winner Ron Howard, Rush tells the true story of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda, the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life, and his rivalry with fellow driver James Hunt.
Howard screened the film to the F1 community at the German Grand Prix. The film received a glowing endorsement in the form of a standing ovation, led by Niki Lauda himself.
In his introduction, the director told the invited crowd, which included Lauda, F1 business magnate Bernie Ecclestone, drivers Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa as well as many senior team members, that he was nervous.
In an interview with Autoweek
, Howard said that after the successful screening, he went home and immediately telephoned his wife, “She understood when I compared it to the screening of 'Apollo 13' that we did at NASA for the astronauts and mission controllers. It was that kind of feeling last night, having everyone vouch for it, sanction it, and compliment us on it," he said.
“It was, 'Here's the elite, they're right in it, what are they going to think?' I spoke to the drivers, and they were very complimentary, which made me feel great. Some of the engineering guys are so excited by what we've achieved. I don't know where that comes from -- perhaps they've been disappointed by other films, or perhaps they assumed it was too complicated for is to ever get it,” he continued.
For Howard, the glowing endorsement from the F1 community meant that the film, which took him two years to complete, passed the "toughest test".
Rush will be in US cinemas 20 September.
Fun Fact: Chris Hemsworth is Australians in Film's 2010 Breakthrough Award recipient.