How to win the Grand National (FOR OXFORD SCIENTIFIC FILMS)
FINALIST: 2014 ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY AWARDS: BEST SCIENCE AND NATURE FILM
Producer / Director – Tom Mustill, for Oxford Scientific Films.
Channel 4 commissioned this flagship film as the centrepiece of their Grand National coverage. The brief was simple – make a visually stunning and emotionally moving film about horses and the people who ride them, while following Mark Evans as he unravels the science of horse racing.
“…Channel 4 will be screening the Grand National tomorrow for the first time.. But this documentary, fronted by vet and broadcaster Mark Evans, definitely leads the field. With the help of top jockeys, trainers and some breathtaking photography – including a horse jumping over a parked car – he shows what it takes to win the toughest and most controversial race on the planet…”
Jane Simon / The Mirror
“This is, after all, the beginning of Channel 4’s coverage, after more than 50 years of being shown by the BBC. It needs to be stirring and upbeat. And it is……It all is – the magnificent horses, the montages and slow motion shots, the spectacle.”
Sam Wallaston / The Guardian
“This fascinating film provides a fresh insight into the people and horses whose goal is to conquer the four-and-a-half miles and 30 fences that is tomorrow’s Grand National.”