The Flying Scotsman (2006)

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I normally avoid sports films because of their sheer formulaic predictability, but the story of Graeme Obree is quite an interesting one.

A former courier from a working class Scottish town, Obree went on to become double world champion on a bicycle he made himself out using old washing machine parts. He did this despite suffering from an intense depression that caused him to attempt suicide and the interference of the sport’s governing body who repeatedly changed the rules to specifically try and stop him competing because his DIY attitude threatened the big money manufacturing concerns within the sport. As such it is an unusual combination of a typical “triumph of the human spirit” sports movie, human psychological drama and battle of the individual against the corporate machine.

As such it is much more interesting than your average sports film and rather better than the similar biopic of Ian Curtis, Control.

6.5/10

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