In 1971, “On Any Sunday” starring Steve McQueen opened in theatres and rode its place into motorcycle film history. It also transcended the sport to reach a wide audience through a cast of engaging characters and variety of heartfelt stories.
“On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter,” released November 7, continues the tradition and also passes the torch onto the next generations. A lot has happened in the past 40 years, but the passion for riding is timeless and continues today.
In a conversation with film writer Stan Robinson, director Dana Brown and motorcyclist Robbie Maddisson share this insight on bringing their story to the big screen.
The Entertainer!: OK, I’m the guy with the power to green light your film idea! Pitch me on why I should say, “Yes, make this movie!” What’s your film about?
Brown: The movie’s about a shared passion of motorcycle riding by one of the top competitors, Robbie Maddisson. Evel [Knievel] conceived attempting something no one has ever done. Robbie Maddisson takes that to a whole next level. It’s also using motorcycles to get to remote areas of fire, or getting medicines to those areas that are hard to reach, to help people.
The film is about generations, young and old, with a love for motorcycles. It’s about the visuality of capturing those moments on film that many may not understand but are thrilled by the very thought of going over a 100 miles per hour. My father, Bruce Brown, brought to the screen the first chapter in 1971 called “On Any Sunday”. This film, is, “The Next Chapter.”
Stan: I’m almost ready to green light your film idea. So Robbie, Dana has chosen you as the focal point of the film. Should I say yes and make this movie, what will you bring to give the viewer that inside look at your world of motorcycles?
Maddisson: I would be delighted to be in the film and a part of a project so near and dear to my heart. Showing the world what one can do on a motorcycle and you believe whole heartedly you can transcend the limits that may be in place, and stay true to your passion of taking the skill of the motorcycle rider to new heights, would be extraordinary to capture on film.
If anyone can present a project that captures the heart and soul of what it’s like to give all to one’s passion, it’s director Dana Brown.