Road TT - Addiction to speed

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
German title Road TT - Addiction to speed
Original title Road
Country of production Great Britain , Ireland
original language English
Publishing year 2014
length 102 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Michael Hewitt, Dermot Lavery
script Michael Hewitt, Dermot Lavery
production Michael Hewitt, Dermot Lavery
music Mark Gordon, Richard Hill
camera Mark Garrett
cut Andrew Tohill

Road TT - Addiction to Speed (Original title: Road ) is a British - Irish biographical documentary by the directors Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery from 2014. The cinema premiere was on June 11, 2014 at the Belfast Film Festival , in Germany the film was on Released September 9, 2014 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc .


The film, narrated by Liam Neeson , describes the life of the British racing driver family Dunlop, the five-time TT-F1 world champion Joseph "Joey" Dunlop , his brother Robert and his sons Michael and William . Together they shaped the history of motorcycle road races such as the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland and the Tourist Trophy on the Isle of Man for over 30 years .

The various aspects of the sport, the beginnings in the 1970s, the motives of the drivers to participate in the still undoped races without a safety concept, the handling of injuries and death, the loss of friends and relatives, fear, the increasing popularity, the further development are illuminated in professionalism and influencing the family.

The film shows chronologically alternating and z. Some very emotional film clips from the 1970s and 1980s by Joey, the 1990s by Robert and current recordings by Michael and William, interrupted by interviews with family, friends and colleagues. The film is supplemented by numerous private film and photo recordings of the family, such as B. Videos from helmet cameras and onboard videos with sometimes dramatic fall scenes.


In 1992 producers Dermot Lavery and Michael Hewitt shot the documentary Between The Hedges about the 1992 road racing season with drivers Brian Gardiner, Gary Walker and Robert Dunlop. Dunlop was at the height of his career at the time. His then three-year-old son Michael, who was allowed to be there during the filming, later followed in the footsteps of his father and his uncle Joey, who died on July 2nd, 2000. The idea for the film Road TT came up on May 17, 2008, when Levery, Hewitt and Michael Dunlop met again, shortly before Michael's race in the 250 cc class of the North West 200, which he won and had a fatal accident the day before Father dedicated to Robert.


“(…) The film is a very well-made documentary about Joey and Robert Dunlop and his sons William and Michael. Friends and colleagues, family members and the four protagonists themselves have their say. (...) "

- Robert Hill, from September 27, 2014

Shaking your head, fascination, goose bumps: the elaborately produced film by directors Michael Hewitt and Dermot Lavery evokes a wide variety of reactions with a moving family story and breathtaking images. "

- John Fasnaugh, - Teleschau from September 12, 2014


Liam Neeson, who can be heard off- screen , grew up in Ballymena , Northern Ireland , just a few kilometers from Ballymoney , the home of the Dunlops.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for Road TT - Addiction to speed . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry (PDF). Template: FSK / maintenance / type set and Par. 1 longer than 4 characters
  2. Robert Hill: Road TT - Addiction to Speed: A Family on Speed. In: September 24, 2014, accessed November 8, 2015 .
  3. John Fasnaugh: Road TT - Addiction to speed. (No longer available online.) In: September 12, 2014, formerly in the original ; Retrieved November 8, 2015 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /