Crash and Burn to have London premiere tonight
The London premiere of the five-star reviewed Crash & Burn will take place tonight in Picturehouse Central that will feature a post-screening Q&A with Tommy Byrne and the film’s director Sean O’Cualain.
Tommy Byrne was the equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali of the 80’s motor racing scene. Crash & Burn charts how the Dundalk native went from driving a Mini Cooper in stock-car racing to the big-time in Formula One in a little over four years and for a fleeting moment in the 80s was the best driver in the world and a serious rival of Ayrton Senna’s. Eddie Jordan the former team-owner, who worked with both Senna and Michael Schumacher has said: ‘Forget Schumacher and Senna. Tommy Byrne was the best of them all.’
Tommy’s rise was meteoric and his fall spectacular. He was a cocky, aggressive driver from humble roots and the F1 glitterati simply didn’t like the mix. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Seán Ó Cualáin, the documentary shines a light on one of professional racing’s most dashing and charismatic talents and a glittering career that was doomed before it ever began. It is the story of the greatest F1 driver never to emerge.
Crash & Burn will be released in Irish cinemas on Friday 2nd December. There are a number of special screenings of the documentary ahead of its release:
DUNDALK – Thursday 1st December, Omniplex Dundalk
Tommy will head back to the town where he grew up and started his driving career. Tickets for this event can be purchased on the Omniplex Dundalk website.
DUBLIN – Friday 2nd December, Irish Film Institute
A special opening night screening of the film will take place in the IFI in Temple Bar. Tickets can be purchased through the IFI website.
Find out more about the Picturehouse Central screening in London on the cinema’s website