Monday, 13 July 2020

The Current Cinema - In selected theatres and streaming on YouTube and Prime - John Snadden enthuses over BROCK:OVER THE TOP (Kriv Stenders, Australia, 2020)

The sniffier elements of Melbourne's dinosaur media seem to have ignored the new release, Brock: Over the Top

But that's their problem, as this feature length documentary from Kriv Stenders (Red Dog) is a first class look at the public and private personas of the King of the Mountain, motor racing ace Peter Brock. 

He was a one in a million, born with innate, superb driving skills and the natural charisma of a truckload of Hollywood stars. In the 1970s and 80s, his record of wins at Mt Panorama remains unbeaten and his ownership of that race and track are legendary. In the early 80s, as a spectator standing at Forrest Elbow, I watched him win more than once. 

Stenders' film doesn't shy away from the personal demons of "Peter Perfect" and the collateral damage inflicted upon family and friends. Plus his gullibility and involvement with a New Age scam which ultimately brought his cloistered world to an end. 

Brock: Over the Top will appeal to both the enthusiast and general viewer. It might also remind some in the audience of just how good the Angels music was, now and then. 

For rent on YouTube if you click here

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