About the film
Release Date: Sep 6, 2018
Director: Jeremy Sims
Actors: Mick Doohan, Donna Forbes, Wayne Gardner, Eddie Lawson, Wayne RaineyFrom actor/director Jeremy Sims (Last Cab to Darwin), WAYNE is the feature documentary about the remarkable career of Australian motorcycle racer Wayne Gardner. the ‘larrikin kid’ from Wollongong.
With girlfriend Donna Forbes never far from his side, Wayne’s inspiring journey takes him from a 5-dollar dirt bike to the pinnacle of his sport. In 1987 Wayne becomes the first Australian to win the World Motorcycle Grand Prix, and with it, the hearts of all Australians.
Included in the film is excruciating footage of an accident in his first GP ride, in 1983. Then world champion Franco Uncini had fallen from his bike; as the field rounded the bend, most went to the right to avoid him. But Gardner went to the left, just as Uncini got to his feet and staggered that way. The collision left Uncini in a coma, Gardner injured and ready to throw in the towel.
Gardner shares details of his professional and personal life freely, as do those who know or had known him – family, friends, sponsors, team mates and even rivals. Combined with an abundance of archival footage, this is a must for racing fans and an insight into a defining piece of Australian sporting history during a time where the country was demanding the rest of the world took notice.
Featuring interviews with legends from the sport’s ‘golden age’ including Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan and Kevin Schwantz, WAYNE is an amusing, inspiring and, at times, wild cinematic ride through the life of a true Aussie legend.