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ENCOUNTERS

LOVE THE BEAST

Directed by Eric Bana
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 92 Minutes International Premiere
FILM GUIDE LOVE THE BEAST

Eric Bana's directorial debut is a love story, but the object of the actor's affection is no Hollywood leading lady, it's his first car—a 1974 Ford XB Falcon Coupe, nicknamed The Beast. Bana has always been obsessed with cars and racing, but he has never been able to combine his loves of speed and cinema like Mel Gibson in Mad Max or Steve McQueen in Le Mans… until now.

Casting his Beast as his costar, Bana begins his love story in his family's garage in Melbourne and sets out on a lifelong ride of friendship, tragedy, and personal discovery. The heart of this impassioned personal documentary unfolds as, with the help of his three lifelong friends, Bana decides to restore and race the car he's had since he was a teenager in the Targa Tasmania Rally, an infamous five-day off-track race. Watching Bana and his crew work meticulously on the car in a suburban Australia garage is a far different image than we're used to of the Hollywood star. Woven throughout the film are testimonials from Bana, fellow gearhead Jay Leno, and Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson as well as sit-downs with Dr. Phil McGraw that allow Bana to explore the depth of his relationship with The Beast.

Sports, Documentary
About the Director(s)

Eric Bana was first introduced to American audiences in Chopper, which premiered at Sundance in 2001 and was then released in the US to critical notice. Bana was the seen in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down and the Australian film The Nugget. He went on to star in Ang Lee's Hulk, Wolfgang Peterson's Troy, and Steven Spielberg's Munich. He was most recently seen in The Other Boleyn Girl, Curtis Hanson's Lucky You, and Romulus, My Father. Bana will next be seen in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, Judd Apatow's Funny People, and the upcoming film adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife. Bana currently resides in Australia with his wife and two children.


Film Info
  • Section:
    Encounters
  • Year:
    2008
  • Length:
    92 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    International
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Eric Bana
  • Primary Cast:
    Eric Bana, Jay Leno, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jeremy Clarkson
  • Producers:
    Eric Bana, Peter Hill, Matt Hill
  • Editor:
    Conor O'Neill
  • Co-Producer:
    Brett Hardy
  • Executive Producer:
    Steve Hill

Contacts
  • Press Contact
    Greg Longstreet
    Polaris PR
    8135 W. 4th Street 2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Phone: 323 939 7535
    greg_longstreet@polarispr.com
  • Main Contact
    Brett Hardy
    PO Box 1455 St. Kilda South, VIC 3182
    Phone: +61 4 0632 7388
    brett@patikalar.com.au
  • Director
    Eric Bana
    Pick Up Truck Pictures
    PO Box 2378 Brighton North, VIC 3186
    Phone: +61 3 9596 2122
    greg_longstreet@polarispr.com
  • Director's Agent
    John Fogelman
    William Morris Independent
    151 El Camino Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310-859-4310
  • Producer
    Peter Hill
    225 S. Aviation Boulevard El Segundo, CA 90245
    Phone: 310 415 1454
    Matt.Hill@globeintltd.com
  • Print Source
    Audrey Jike-Lee
    225 South Aviation Boulevard El Segundo, CA 90245
    Phone: 310 297 1600 x613
    audrey.lee@globeintltd.com
  • Producer
    Peter Hill
    225 S. Aviation Boulevard El Segundo, CA 90245
    Phone: 310 415 1454
    Matt.Hill@globeintltd.com
  • Main Contact
    Matt Hill
    225 S. Aviation Boulevard El Segundo, CA 90245
    Phone: 310 415 1454
    Matt.Hill@globeintltd.com
  • Director
    Eric Bana
    Pick Up Truck Pictures
    PO Box 2378 Brighton North, VIC 3186
    Phone: +61 3 9596 2122
    greg_longstreet@polarispr.com
  • Director's Agent
    John Fogelman
    William Morris Independent
    151 El Camino Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    Phone: 310-859-4310
  • Main Contact
    Matt Hill
    225 S. Aviation Boulevard El Segundo, CA 90245
    Phone: 310 415 1454
    Matt.Hill@globeintltd.com
  • Main Contact
    Brett Hardy
    PO Box 1455 St. Kilda South, VIC 3182
    Phone: +61 4 0632 7388
    brett@patikalar.com.au
  • Press Contact
    Greg Longstreet
    Polaris PR
    8135 W. 4th Street 2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Phone: 323 939 7535
    greg_longstreet@polarispr.com
  • Print Source
    Audrey Jike-Lee
    225 South Aviation Boulevard El Segundo, CA 90245
    Phone: 310 297 1600 x613
    audrey.lee@globeintltd.com

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