All it took was an in-flight movie to convince Australia’s first Pro-Tour cycling team to hire former Shepparton man Marcus Cobbledick to tell their story.
‘‘Basically my first film Fairless, which was based on a local Shepparton legend Steve Fairless, played on a QANTAS flight and the members of Orica GreenEDGE, who are Australia’s first professional cycling team, saw the film and appreciated the human story woven into essentially a film about elite sport,’’ Mr Cobbledick said.
‘‘They approached Madman Production Company, who I worked for, and myself and they were interested in collaborating and telling their story.’’
Mr Cobbledick has been working with the team since the beginning of 2016, travelling around the world to film, direct and produce the movie titled All For One.
‘‘I conducted over 50 interviews for the film, which all sort of averaged an hour each and they took place here in Australia but also at the team’s training camp in South Africa,’’ he said.
‘‘They were really relaxed, quite open and comfortable in front of cameras and we got some great personal insight into riders and some of the staff there.’’
Mr Cobbledick also conducted interviews with the team at last year’s Tour of Spain.
‘‘That was a great opportunity to see the team in race mode,’’ he said.
‘‘And also, being at the final week of a three-week tour, they were exhausted but also quite informative and responsive in front of the camera as well.’’
Post production on All for One began in November last year and concluded in June.
‘‘We’re proud of the end product and we’re confident the film gives an insight into the professional world of cycling,’’ Mr Cobbledick said.
‘‘It’s not just a behind-the-scenes look, it’s an insight into key characters and their personal stories.
‘‘It’s also a look at a unique team who take the racing seriously, but don’t take themselves seriously.’’
Mr Cobbledick was not expecting his work on Fairless to gain such wide exposure and said he was grateful it had led to another wonderful opportunity.
All For One will premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on Thursday, August 17 and will be showing at Shepparton Village Cinemas from Thursday, August 24.