Directed by Jeremy Sims
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | 97 minutes | North American Premiere
WAYNE is the near improbable true story of Wayne Gardner. Wayne’s remarkable journey takes him from the working-class town of Wollongong, Australia and his first motorcycle, a $5 dirt bike, to the pinnacle of his sport where in 1987 Wayne becomes the first Australian to win the World Motorcycle Grand Prix, and with it, the hearts of all Australians. At its heart WAYNE is also a love story, with girlfriend, Donna-Lee Kahlbetzer, never far from the action.
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.
Director Jeremy Sims comes from a background of narrative feature film-making, with a strong understanding of dramatic structure. All of Sims's films have featured leading men going through a transformative narrative and this story fits that template surprisingly well. Sims is guided by the principle of detailed, truthful, emotional storytelling. He tells the story from the words of those who can tell it, using archival footage to build that allegorical framework around the protagonist’s journey. Thus, the revelation that Australia ‘the nation’ revealed a new identity during the period that Wayne Gardner fulfilled his private personal destiny should resonate. The story itself is loosely based around the material in Nick Hartgerink’s fond biography, The Wayne Gardner Story, and upon several short docs made for television in the 80’s and 90’s. Sims spent considerable time with Wayne, and his son Remy, getting to know him and his competitive personality.
Following an extensive period of research, he travelled the globe interviewing Wayne’s competitors, friends, family and enemies, trying to get a rounded picture of the man. Of course, the most vital perspective comes from his former partner and inspiration, Donna Kahlbetzer. Donna provides the insights that allow the film to go deeply into the psyche of a racer, an Aussie bloke, and fragile human being.
Premiere: North American
Release Year: 2018
Runtime: 97 minutes
Director: Jeremy Sims
Producer: Fraser Brown, Matthew Metcalfe
Screenwriters: Matthew Metcalfe, Jeremy Sims, Tim Woodhouse
Production Manager: Wayne Gardner, Donna-Lee Kahlbetzer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan, Kevin Schwantz