The Isle of Man TT is an almost mystical racing event. It captures the hearts of motorcycle enthusiasts world wide, and is seen as the epitome of motorbike racing. There is a stark contrast between the serene island and the intensity of the sport, riders, and the machines. IOM TT expertly captures and conveys the unique persona of the event.
Somber tones open the film and play during the interviews with the riders. Passion spills from the riders as they describe the experience of riding the TT. Beautiful slow motion footage captures the emotions in the faces and eyes of the riders. Through the interviews, you get access to the deep impact of what the TT means to each of the participants. It is interesting to hear the racers talk through how they prepare for the TT; both mentally and physically.
Eight minutes in, the soundtrack quickens and the race footage begins. I particularly like the on bike footage. With the camera mounted on the front of the bike, it takes you off the perspective of riding the bike, and puts you out in front; giving you an almost eerie out of body experience rocketing through the course. There is a great variety of footage, angles, and frames. It is a nice mix of portrait shots, action cam, aerial drone, and TT racing film.
Often, (and this seems odd to say) racing films come off a little boring to me. Most racing documentaries let the riding speak for itself, and little thought is put into adding emotion and story to the sport. IOM TT is a racing documentary done right. The mix between riding footage and interviews is spot on, and it doesn’t feel like there is any filler.
It is a dream of mine to visit that little island in the Irish Sea one day, but that probably isn’t going to happen for a long time. Thank goodness we’ve got films like IOM TT to tide us over, eh?Read More