On Any Sunday, directed by Bruce Brown and financially backed by actor and racer Steve McQueen, brought motorcycles – and racing in particular – to the fore. It also shined a light on the colourful personalities that populated the culture, among them future American Motorcycle Association hall of famer Malcolm Smith and former motocross world champion and current KTM team manager Roger De Coster.
The spirit of the original film has been updated for a new century of riders. On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter, entering release in November 2014, features two-time Moto GP champion Marc Marquez, freestyle kingpin Travis Pastrana and motocross champion Ashley Fiolek, who is legally deaf. They are just the marquee-worthy personalities Bruce Brown and his son, Dana, feature in their Red Bull-financed reboot.
The new film is not confined to the track, however. From design studios to deeply wooded glades, the filmmakers train their lenses on rider culture wherever it flourishes. The film also touches on the expanded societal roles of motorcycles in the intervening 40-plus years since the first film’s debut. No longer just a vehicle for rockabilly rebels or adventuresome aristocrats, the motorcycle has become a means of delivering health aid to impoverished areas of Africa – a side path the filmmakers explore.
Whether the new documentary resonates as broadly as its predecessor, which garnered an Academy Award nomination, is anyone's guess. But reaching a broad audience, and highlighting the variety of people who identify themselves as riders, is a legacy the Browns are keen to recapture.
On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter enters limited release on 5 November in Italy and 7 November in the US.
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