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Adrian Musolino
Adrian Musolino

Eric Bana may be best known as one of Hollywood’s leading men but last weekend at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix he was just another competitor in one of the support categories. There was no sign of Hollywood around him.

His other life as a race car driver is explored in his directorial debut, Love the Beast

Love the Beast tells the story of Bana and his lifelong love affair with his 1974 XB Ford Falcon coupe, from his teenage years to preparing the car for the Targa Tasmania Rally and racing in the famous and dangerous rally.

Throughout this journey Bana explores the importance of his car at uniting his childhood friends. It’s more than just a car, it is as Bana says, a ‘campfire’ that his friends gather around. 

Cameo’s by Dr Phil, Jay Leno and Jeremy Clarkson may appear on the surface to be a gimmick to widen the films appeal but all three contribute to the story, Clarkson through his humour and insightful thoughts on how you can build a relationship with a car, Leno with his own car collection that has to be seen to be believed and Dr. Phil who actually makes real sense. 

The film is spectacularly shot, especially the footage of the rally that shows off the beauty of Tasmania. As a motorsport fan, the opening montages when Bana explains what it’s like to race while driving around the brilliant Phillip Island circuit is a personal highlight. 

There is a real beauty to Love the Beast. 

Don’t be put off by thinking this film is for rev heads and motorsport junkies. While it is the story of a man and his car, and in the main the plot follows Bana’s experience through the Targa Tasmania Rally, it is also about relationships and friendships.  

As Bana said in an interview, we all have a beast that encapsulates us, whether it’s the love of a good book, walking the beach or going to the footy. 

For Bana, despite Hollywood stardom, his beast has kept him grounded and therefore we can all relate to his passion.

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