Channel 4 Puts A Punk Spin On Horseracing In Mini-Epic Grand National Promo
Film Explores The Origins Of The World's First Steeplechase
Mar 24, 2014
Channel 4's 4Creative has launched a mini-epic to trail its coverage of the UK's most famous horserace, the Grand National, which takes place next week. Filmed in five different locations across the UK, and with visual effects by MPC, the production values are worthy of a Guy Ritchie film trailer, let alone Channel 4 sports coverage. 4Creative heads Chris Bovill and John Allison said in a statement they hoped to create "a punk-revisionist telling of the feckin' extreme beginnings of the sport, something that left the viewer battered, bloody and breathless." The film recreates the true story of the world's first recorded steeplechase, which is reported to have taken place in 1752 as a result of a wager between Cornelius O'Callaghan and Edmund Blake. The tagline is "the original extreme sport."