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Williams (2017)

Focusing on the career and family of its legendary founder Sir Frank Williams, the British sports documentary tells the extraordinary story of the Williams Formula 1 team, from its inception to the present day.

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Credited cast:
Emily Bevan ... Lady Virginia Williams
Pamela Cockerill Pamela Cockerill ... Herself
Jenny Funnell ... Pamela
Howden Ganley Howden Ganley ... Himself
Alan Jones Alan Jones ... Himself
Nigel Mansell Nigel Mansell ... Himself
Nelson Piquet Nelson Piquet ... Himself
Tim Prior Tim Prior ... Frank Williams
Jackie Stewart ... Himself
Jacques Villeneuve ... Himself
Claire Williams Claire Williams ... Herself
Frank Williams Frank Williams ... Himself
Peter Windsor Peter Windsor ... Himself
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Charting the story of Formula One's most celebrated family, Williams is a thrilling account of how one man built a racing empire and a vivid, heart-rending portrait of the aftermath of a tragedy. Starting life with nothing other than a single-minded obsession for speed, Sir Frank Williams created one of the world's most enduring Formula One racing teams, winning nine Constructors' Championships over the last 40 years. But in 1986 at the height of this success, a near fatal car accident left Frank fighting to survive and the team's future hanging in the balance. Williams, a brand-new documentary from BAFTA-wining director Morgan Matthews, tells the story of Frank's rise to fame and how his family battled to keep him alive and the team afloat after the crash that left Frank wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. Featuring heart-pounding racing footage, interviews with much-loved Formula One stars (including Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alan Jones and Sir Patrick Head) and ... Written by Curzon Artificial Eye

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4 August 2017 (UK) See more »

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Williams Grand Prix Engineering has won: Constructors Championships 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997. Drivers Championships 1980, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997. See more »

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Williams uses Formula 1 to convey an aspiring family story.
22 April 2018 | by TheMovieDioramaSee all my reviews

As an avid fan of the sport and typically enthralled by documentaries, this review might have some slight bias. I must profess that you do not have to be a petrol-head to enjoy this, it is incredibly accessible to everyone. Having said that...wow! This actually might just be the first time I teared up to a documentary. Chronicling the life of Sir Frank Williams, founder of the Williams construction team for Formula 1, journeying through both the sport and his family affairs. Initially, I underestimated what I was in store for. A typical sporting documentary this is not. Matthews carefully portrayed Williams' personal backstory and intertwined it with his addiction and aspiration to the motor world in what is a perfect equilibrium. The two sides bounce off of each other where any incidents or scenarios in either life affect the other, as if Williams' story is its own ecological structure. Mesmerisingly breathtaking and incredibly moving, honestly. One man's ambition has lead him to create one of the sport's best engineering teams, and this film illustrates just how much of an impact he has made. "The accident" that occurred is intricately embedded to showcase his unstoppable personality. It didn't deter him away, he came back more focussed than ever and I really admire the way this film captures that. It's never melodramatic, it's an honest frank (pardon the pun...) look into a broken family. It doesn't stop there, it dabbles into the lack of female empowerment within the sport and how his daughter is a leading figure, not just in the team, but the entirety of F1 racing. There is a touching moment towards the end where his daughter reads a book to him about her mother, and for a moment I was stunned. The ferocious amount of emotion that was conveyed overwhelmed me. The tangible heartache for this family is astronomical. I would've like to have seen more of the racing and it could've been cut shorter for a much tighter narrative. However, the pace speeds along to an emotionally complex finish line with grace.


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