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Snetterton stars in blockbuster movie Rush

Thursday, September 05 2013

This month's much-anticipated blockbuster movie Rush features a number of scenes that were filmed at Norfolk's Snetterton circuit.

Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, Rush has reunited him with screenwriter Peter Morgan, following on from their collaboration on the critically-acclaimed feature Frost/Nixon. Like the earlier production, Rush focuses on two main characters, this time the rivalry between Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the epic 1976 season.

Snetterton substituted for Fuji, scene of the final round of a dramatic season, crucial for an independent film project recreating a venue that would have been uneconomic to visit. MSV's Cadwell Park fulfilled a similar role, doubling as the now-defunct Crystal Palace, whilst Brands Hatch, which staged a controversial 1976 British Grand Prix that was won by Hunt on the road, also features heavily.

The film crew's visit to Snetterton, for which members of the public were invited to take part in as extras, coincided with wet weather. This prompted a change in the filming schedule, as the venue was originally to have doubled as South Africa's Kyalami.

Early rave reviews for the film suggest that it will be a hit with cinema-goers and unlike many previous attempts at live action motor racing films, is likely to transcend its genre into a mainstream audience.

Jamie Hopper, Circuit Manager for Snetterton said: "It's fantastic that Snetterton has played its part in this landmark production. In the 1970s F1 teams used Snetterton as a test venue to simulate other circuits, therefore it is fitting that it should fulfill a similar role for this film.

"It was the first time we have been involved in anything quite so dramatic as a big film production. They took a couple of days to set up, and were very efficient. The only fly in the ointment is that we were supposed to be Kyalami the first day and of course it rained the night before, so we agreed to wet the circuit even more and we became Fuji. So there was a bit of real-life drama the first day but it was quite exciting for everybody concerned."

The trailer for Rush, and further information on the film, which is on general release on Friday 13 September, can be viewed by visiting www.rushmovie.com