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Brands Hatch used in Rush, film about rivalry between F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda

Filming for Ron Howard’s acclaimed Rush movie took place at Brands Hatch

Filming for Ron Howard’s acclaimed Rush movie took place at Brands Hatch

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The Brands Hatch circuit in Eynsford was used in several scenes of the highly anticipated film Rush, which tells the story of the rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the epic 1976 season.

Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, Rush has reunited him with screenwriter Peter Morgan, following on from their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed feature Frost/Nixon.

Mike Groves, circuit manager for Brands Hatch said: “We were approached by the producers of Rush, who were extremely keen to use Brands Hatch as a filming location for the film, given its historical relevance to the plot, and we were delighted to welcome the directors and cast to the circuit in February last year.

“Filming took place over four days at the venue and it was fascinating to see Brands Hatch transformed into a Hollywood film set. It was also great to see the fabulous F1 cars in action at the circuit once again.

“We were also able to welcome a group of extras, some of which were made up of members of the local community, dressed in period gear for some of the scenes and it really did feel like we were back in the 70s!

“I was lucky enough to see the film a few months ago and it’s been a long wait for it to come out on general release so I can go and see it again.”

Brands Hatch was one of the key rounds during the 1976 season, staging a controversial British Grand Prix that was won by Hunt on the road.

The film is released on Friday (13).


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