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Video: Graeme Obree movie seeking final edit funding on Kickstarter

Want to be an executive producer?

Got five grand burning a hole in your jersey pocket? You could get an executive producer credit on The Outsider, a new film about living legend Graeme Obree's attempt earlier this year to break the bicycle land speed record.

The film company that has been following Obree through his tilt at the record over the last two years has launched an appeal on Kickstarter to fund editing over 200 hours of footage into a final film.

Filmmaker David Street of Journey Pictures followed Obree as he came to terms with the scale of the challenge, and built his special bike - dubbed ‘Beastie’ - in his kitchen, with an unconventional treadle drive.

In a statement, Journey Pictures said: “The footage gets inside access to Obree like no other and witnesses the unfolding of a human and personal drama of raw and emotional intensity.”

While Obree was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempt to break the record, even getting to the attempt venue was the kind of adventure that could only happen to Obree.

“We suffer with him as he misses his first deadline, to get to the International Human Powered Vehicle Associations meeting in September 2012 at Battle Mountain, Nevada.

“We are with him when the aerodynamic shell so lovingly and painstakingly built doesn’t fit and has to be ditched and again when the second shell proves to fit too well and is a cause of claustrophobia and has to be ripped apart and rebuilt only weeks before the second deadline of September 2013.

“We are with him in the hospital just 3 months before the big day when the surgeons have to gouge a huge abscess out of his leg, will he be fit enough.

“We are with him as he trains in his own inimitable way through Ayrshire’s country lanes and up Tenerife’s Mount Tiede and in his living room.

“And we are with him when he finally makes the start line at Battle Mountain in a machine he’s never ridden before.”

But all that filming has left David STreets with an abundance of riches. “With such a diversity of footage the challenge to complete a final edit is time consuming and expensive.”

Journey Pictures is looking for £20,000 to complete the documentary. They are offering a range of incentives on Kickstarter from ‘backers only’ updates on the film’s progress and a chance to see it as an online stream for £10 to an executive producer credit with editing input and eight tickets to the world premiere (and a whole lot more) for £5,000.

Here’s David Street and Graeme Obree talking about the film.

Graeme Obree is famous for breaking the bicycle Hour Record twice in the 1990s during a period of intense rivalry with fellow British time trial specialist Chris Boardman. After retirement he battled severe depression and twice attempted suicide before coming out as gay and linking his depression to his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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dnstreet | 10 years ago

Sadly the days of the BBC etc paying £200K per hour for any thing other than Natural History programmes are long gone. We tried very hard to sell it to all the TV stations when we started, they all turned it down because it was either "too niche", "we've just done cycling" "its not noisy enough" or simply it doesn't turn the controller on. Journey Pictures concentrates on telling stories that don't fir the TV schedule. This is an amazing story of genius, please help us to make it happen.

jarredscycling | 10 years ago

Why are movies using kickstarter?

Luminosity replied to jarredscycling | 10 years ago
jarredscycling wrote:

Why are movies using kickstarter?

Really good question. Given the BBC etc will pay up to £200K per hour for this all they need to do is sell it to them. I could understand if it were a really niche film but with the interest in cycling I don't, personally, think it is.

Edinburgh Festi... | 10 years ago

We would love to show this film at the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2014, so we hope that it gets full funding. Graeme Obree is great cycling hero and his story should be more widely known.

zam | 10 years ago

A great story and a hell of a guy. I'll be backing the team to a minimum of a tenner!

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