Speed is Expensive - Vincent film

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We went to see David Lancaster's new film on Phil Vincent and his (reasonably well known) bikes, Speed is Expensive. Really recommended most highly, there's more detail on the website https://speedisexpensive.com/
The cinema (our local niche film place) had arranged a Q&A session with David Lancaster before the film, but that was a bit flat. The bloke interviewing him, a local Danish Vincent owner, was not very good at getting him to reveal the background stories - not a lot of meat on the bare bones I'm afraid.

The film was very good though, using a lot of previously unseen footage shot by Phil Vincent himself.

It's only going to be a very limited release though as far as I could make out, so if it pops up on a screen near you, go for it! It's not yet been released in the UK or the US yet though.
It will probably come out on one of the streaming channels at some point though.
 
film is on in welwyn Garden city at 2pm today (Sunday) , at Campus West cinema. also on in Letchworth very soon. I am booked for today. ( about as close to Stevenage as it gets too!)
 
Well, spoiler alert, read this in the DVD offering page:
<...when Vincent passed away in 1979, he was largely unrecognised, penniless, and living in council housing in West London.>
Sobering. Absolutely. And I never knew this.

 
film is on in welwyn Garden city at 2pm today (Sunday) , at Campus West cinema. also on in Letchworth very soon. I am booked for today. ( about as close to Stevenage as it gets too!)
Letchworth is Saturday 11 November with Q and A afterwards.
also this Thursday at 8pm at Campus West.
 
well, that was really worth seeing! The Vincent FB page has occasional postings of upcoming one-off screenings in the UK.
 
Well I got my daughter to buy it on my wife’s Amazon account… so watched this last night…

A good watch, but a bit sad.

For those who enjoyed this, I can also recommend ‘Chasing Shadows’. Similar thing, from a few years ago.
 
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I guess the 'other' Phil made out better than he did.
 
A great amount of information there, including footage never before seen. What an insight to the man's character.

After the 1947 crash, he apparently suffered a long, slow decline. Pitiful and sad ending for the great man.

Russ
 
I bought the DVD and enjoyed it other than the sound quality. It sounded like the narrator, Ewan McGregor, was stuck in a culvert pipe. It was a real struggle to hear what was being said. I tried to add captioning but the DVD did not have that feature.
My wife has fabulous hearing and she struggled to hear the narrator as well.
For some reason, the engine sounds were pretty good.
I'm wondering if I purchased a bootlegged DVD?


Glen
 
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I popped for one. Honestly the sound was ok but then I used earphones. Overall it was more a Vincent bio than a film about the bikes themselves. He seems to have been a toff, a bit of PIA and a bit of , or more than a bit of, a dreamer. Never made a profit and didn't read the tea leaves with the Black Prince. A movie made up of a lot of home movie footage so, well, you know what old home movies were like if you are of a certain age.
My vote is a C+ on the effort.
 
I bought the DVD and enjoyed it other than the sound quality. It sounded like the narrator, Ewan McGregor, was stuck in a culvert pipe. It was a real struggle to hear what was being said. I tried to add captioning but the DVD did not have that feature.
My wife has fabulous hearing and she struggled to hear the narrator as well.
For some reason, the engine sounds were pretty good.
I'm wondering if I purchased a bootlegged DVD?


Glen
nothing wrong with the sound at the cinema, by the way.
 
It’s on at the Letchworth Broadway Cinema tonight at 1800. And one of the voiceover chaps has just died, they reported yesterday on their FB page.
 
I popped for one. Honestly the sound was ok but then I used earphones. Overall it was more a Vincent bio than a film about the bikes themselves. He seems to have been a toff, a bit of PIA and a bit of , or more than a bit of, a dreamer. Never made a profit and didn't read the tea leaves with the Black Prince. A movie made up of a lot of home movie footage so, well, you know what old home movies were like if you are of a certain age.
My vote is a C+ on the effort.
I'm really glad that he was a bit of a dreamer. I don't believe these bikes would exist otherwise.
Our Rapide has given us a lot of pleasure over the last twenty years. I'm sure the prior 4 owners would say the same thing if they were still with us.
 
Watched it with my wife.

Horrible audio, subtitles helped.

I'm a technical person.

This movie was not for me.
 
just discovered that a neighbour used to work at the factory, and could have talked to him, but died a couple of years back, sadly.
 
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