The Lionheart (2023): A Documentary on the Legacy of Dan Wheldon


The Lionheart (2023) is a documentary that will be more appealing to motorsports fan only as it tries to explores the legacy of Dan Wheldon, bout anyone who is not into Indy or Formula 1 would consider it a good watch but may be can turn them into a fan, a two time Indianapolis 500 champion who tragically died on the track, the documentary is dedicated to expand the impact of his death on the world of motorsports and the challenges faced by his two sons Sebastian and Oliver in following their father’s same steps and practices on the sport they learn to love since very little. The title “The Lionheart” is a reference to Dan Wheldon’s determination, courage, and passion for motorsports, this documentary also looks to highlight the safety concerns in racing and the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by drivers like Dan Wheldon.

– Platform: Max
– Release: March 12, 2024


Key Moments in Dan Wheldon’s Career

The documentary not only describe Dan Wheldon’s carrer, determination, passion and dedication for the sport, it describe the rise of this young pilot from England and his key moments on the sport like wining Indianapolis 500 in 2011, all the numerous challenges to win that race including a last lap pass that is probably still remembered as one of the most exciting ones of his career also lets not forget his previous win at Indianapolis 500 in 2005, this was a very significant victory since he was the first British driver to win the race since 1966.


Safety Concerns in Motorsports Addressed

If we look into motorsports safety now days its probably a puzzle that we have not figure out at 100% yet considering that every three of five years happen certain that no one though it would be possible, very recent the fire on Formula E, Valencia 2023 or the Formula 1 Romain Grosjean accident in 2020 where his fire caught on fire after he crash. I would only think that there were similar safety concerns during the times of Dan Wheldon from track design, protective gear for the drivers, the cars structure and this for sure is a part that the documentary will be touching on, I have only seen Indianapolis 500 a few times since I mostly follow Formula 1 but I have to say the risk is the same, doesn’t matter if you are going at 200 kmph or 300 kmph the result will be the same, very close to death if not, all drivers know this and they still put on their gear and get into their cars.


Director Hannah Storm

The director in charge for this documentary is the well known sports broadcaster and filmmaker Hannah Storm, Hannah has previous work with ESPN, NBC Sports and ABC Sports just to mention a few, she has also directed other documentaries including Unmatched, Rowdy and Swoopes so there is plenty of experience going into the recollection of critical data and putting it all together, so far this documentary has been shown on two Film Festivals, Tribeca Film Festival and Heartland International Film Festival with great feedback and results from what I have found online.


Documentary Cast

During the documentary features interviews with several people who knew Dan Wheldon, including his family, wife, friends and drivers who share the track with him several times, featured in the documentary include Dan Wheldon’s wife, Susie Wheldon, his sons, Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon, and his fellow drivers, including Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, and Scott Dixon.. From the trailer we can see that it also covers footage of several of the races he was part of, probably from his early beginnings and some of his interviews too.

As mention I’m not into Indy but do love all kind of motorsport so once I saw the trailer I had too look first for the accident one that you only think happen on Lightning McQueen movies where cars where literally flying over 100 meters involving almost half, 14 cars; during the crash with more than three on fire from what I was able to catch during the accident footage, dissecting this scene will be very interesting as I’m sure there will be commentary about the flaws on the cars. There is also the part of how his two sons are now into motorsports starting on Karting and moving forward probably to other divisions of racing trying to achieve what their father did during his career on racing. Documentaries in my opinion are one of the hardest type of film to nail, first you need a great story and then gather all the data to build up the documentary and trying not to make it sound boring, need all this people who are not shy or feel weird about been in front of the camera and keep the viewers interested.

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Love Lies Bleeding (2024): Bloody Love & Obsession


The story is set in 1989 in a town of New Mexico forget by God, in the only gym of the town we can found Lou, the gym manager passing the day as many others but one day a special customer arrived, it was Jackie a bodybuilder that is on the way to Las Vegas for a competition but decided to spend a couple of days in the town to train before starting her journey again. Since the moment they met Lou and Jackie like each other, start knowing each other and elevate her relationship as a couple, to woman a abandon town living a passionate adventure but everything changed when Lou father called to do a job, she didn’t want to be part of that live anymore but her father force her to do so she has no other choice than follow orders, meanwhile Jackie decided to go the shooting range that the owner was casually Lou’s father, for Jackie was just another activity while she was in town but without knowing that Lou’s father was known as the crime lord of the town, arms dealer and a very dangerous man. Lou’s tried to keep that secret until the point that was impossible to keep the secret and the couple started to pass trough critics moments just to save their love. This story is about a father that wants more power and rule overall, a daughter that just want to be free from that life of crime and love immensely and about a bodybuilder that only wants to win her competition but in the road she get entangled into difficult events but facing them. Lou’s and Jackie are going to travel in torment, fighting against everyone and everything just to reach their goals and keep together.

Love Lies Bleeding will premieres in March 8th, viewers will see many images of fights, chases, blood, and scandal and the audience will discover what crimes those Lou’s commit, what kind of crimes those Lou’s family is involved and how the relationship of Lou’s and Jackie survive through all those criminal events that they will live together.

– Platform: Theater
– Release: March 8, 2024


Director Rose Glass: A Rising Talent

Rose Glass is a British director and screenwriter she made her debut with the psychological horror movie Saint Maud in 2019 the movie received two nomination in the Baftar Award and also she received the award for Best Debut Director with that movie. Glass is a raising director who has achieved recognition and good critics for her previous work with the horror movie Saunt Maud and now is bringing a total different vision with her new story Love Lies Bleeding trying to demonstrate that is a director that can work at any field and give a great result.


Different Cast with acclaimed performances

Kristen Stewart is Lou the gym manager, Stewart is an actress that is known for her role as Bella in the successful Twilight saga 2008 and also performed Diana Princes of Wales in the movie Spencer 2021 the same for which she received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress, she has a long list of performances in independents movies as well converting her in a multifaceted actress. Katy O’Brian is Jackie, with this role she is performing her first leading role, O’Brian is also a writer and martial artist and is most known for the role as Jentorra in the movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 2023 and for her role of Elia Kane in the famous TV Series The Mandalorian. Jena Malone is Daysi, Malone is an actress, musician and photographer she is known for her performance in the movie Sucker Punch 2011 as Rocker and for portrayed Johanna Mason in the Hunger Games franchise. Dave Franco take the role of JJ, Franco debuted in the drama TV Series 7th Heaven but he established his carrier with roles in movies such as 21 Jump Street 2012, Charlie St. Cloud 2010, Now You See Me 2013 and Nerve 2016. Ed Harris is Lou’s father, in all this cast Harris in the most experienced actor with more than 40 years in the industry he has gained many recognitions, acclaimed and applause from the critics in many of his roles that had also gave him an Oscar nominations, some of his works are Apollo 13 (1995), The Truman Show 1998 and The Rock 1996 just for mention some of it.


Working Out The Story

The story of Lou in set in New Mexico she being a gym manager who one date mate Jackie, a bodybuilder that was just passing through because her idea was to go to Las Vegas for a contest but the destiny decided that this to protagonist entangled in an adventure of love, obsession, desire, betrayal and crimes thought that path they are going to face situations really difficult and as ironic it is one of those path is against Lou’s father. Lou and Jackie are going to fight for her love and life and director Glass is going to guide the audience through an intense story keeping them engaged to confirmed if the couple will reach their goal.

Director Rose Glass is giving to the audience a story that is different but that is remarking situations that many people live as love as first sight, a problematic family, the search of happiness but also brings the dark side of society, the need of more power, the need of rule overall and the crimes that can occur in a a forgotten town. Love Lies Bleeding is a story that will give and show all those feeling that a person can have happiness, fear, lost, love, revenge and courage, Lou’s must face her most biggest fear that is her evil father just to gain her freedom from a family that only brings her harm and also fight for the love of her life. Jackie wants to win and she will do anything to reach her goal but also is going to accept and fight for Lou. This movie is something that audience will love or heat but to confirm we must wait to the premiere and judge.

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