Film of Tom Simpson story mooted

Award-winning British director wants to put tragic tale on big screen

by Mark Appleton   January 26, 2011  

Tom Simpson (Photo: Fanfarigoule)

Shane Meadows, the award-winning director of the films This is England and Dead Man’s Shoes, is hoping to make a film about the life of Tom Simpson.

Meadows has a strong connection to the city of Nottingham and Simpson, who collapsed on Mt Ventoux and subsequently died during the 1967 Tour de France, was raised in Nottinghamshire.

Meadows told the Press Association: "He is a Nottingham guy and it is just one of those legendary stories that feels like a Hollywood movie script, though I would not treat it like that."

Meadows does not yet have the film rights to the story and has not seriously considered who might play the lead role, but says he would not gloss over Simpson’s use of performance-enhancing drugs.

"He was very open about taking amphetamines and it was very different then."

He continued: "I just think it is a great story. For example, the French loved him because after two weeks in France he was doing his interviews in French, broken French admittedly, but this was just an ordinary guy from Nottingham."

There is, of course, an existing documentary film chronicling the life and death of Simpson, and Death on the Mountain: The Story of Tom Simpson will be screened again on BBC 4 at 9:00pm January 30.
 

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Sounds great. A little collaboration with Ben Ingham and jobs a good un!!!

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posted by winprint [130 posts]
26th January 2011 - 12:49

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Visually Tom is very similar to Linus Roache... ( Bill Roache/Ken Barlow's real life son)

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1032361984/nm0730070

but at 47 he may be too old looking...

It depends on whether they are looking for a cyclist who can act or an actor with cycling abiblity...there's always the 'stunt double' approach.. BTW cheers for the heads up on the BBC4 stuff

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posted by The _Kaner [624 posts]
26th January 2011 - 20:21

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I really hope that this comes off, I can't think of anyone more suited to making a film about the life of Tom Simpson. Joe Gilgun who played Woody in This is England bears more than a passing likeness for Tom too.....

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posted by Rapha Addiction... [39 posts]
26th January 2011 - 22:09

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Rapha Addiction Helpline wrote:
I really hope that this comes off, I can't think of anyone more suited to making a film about the life of Tom Simpson. Joe Gilgun who played Woody in This is England bears more than a passing likeness for Tom too.....
....except for the tattoos...and he has a 'classic cyclist' build too...

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posted by The _Kaner [624 posts]
26th January 2011 - 22:31

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Yeah thanx for the heads-up on the forthcoming doco. Bought and re-read 'Cycling is my Life' by Tommy Simpson this xmas and would recommend it to anyone as an inspirational read. An actual film of his short but amazing life would be a great idea.

posted by brownie [2 posts]
29th January 2011 - 3:25

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If you want a blockbusting film to make base it on the life of Fausto Coppi. It has everything; poor boy makes good, life under Mussolini , gritty epic sport shots, rivalry, religion, love interest, intrigue and he dies young !

posted by Apple Tree [12 posts]
29th January 2011 - 22:36

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