TT race film lines up Isle of Man shoot
A new feature film set against the backdrop of the world-famous TT motorbike race on the Isle of Man is in the pipeline, with filming set to take place on the island itself.
Simply called Isle of Man, the film comes from multi-hyphenate Ben Younger – himself reportedly a serious bike race enthusiast – and centres on an American motorcycle racer who comes out of retirement to compete in the challenge, over a gruelling 37-mile-long course.
Younger, best known to date for boxing biopic Bleed for This, is partnering with Bold Films and De Luca Productions on the feature and will write and direct. He is also among the team of producers.
The Isle of Man has a dedicated regional screen agency, Isle of Man Film, which is part of Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development. It offers a package of services for producers as well as equity investment via its partner Pinewood Pictures.
The island itself has a wide variety of natural backdrops which can double for many global locations, such as 2013’s The Camera Trap which doubled some of the plantations found on the island for those of Nepal. In Me and Orson Welles, the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas proved a perfect replica for New York’s Mercury Theatre.
Period drama Belle used various locations around the Isle of Man to double for areas of London, while other notable films to have used the island include Take Down and Spooks: The Greater Good.
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