Today began more than ten years ago when Brendan Fairclough – one of the sport’s most influential riders and Clay Porter – one of mountain biking’s most experienced image capturers, became friends. Now their vision for the future of the sport has emerged. The duo, born and raised worlds apart, have come together and this is their story…
For the last two years, Fairclough and Porter have traveled to every inhabited continent on the planet with a simple goal: to show the world a new vision of mountain biking. Joined on this quest by a collection of the most progressive and influential riders that this generation of mountain biking has to offer, Fairclough and Porter have embarked on an all-out assault on the bleeding edge of the sport's limits. Today, Fairclough and Porter are releasing the first glimpse teaser to this tale and officially announcing their mountain bike film, DEATHGRIP - a relentless mission to challenge the limits of creativity, technology, and the human potential. DEATHGRIP is a creative oasis for Fairclough and Porter - a place where the raw expression of Fairclough’s riding ability is captured with the most progressive filmmaking technology against the backdrop of the most visually engaging locations in the world. This first glimpse teaser offers a sneak peek behind the curtains, a first vision into what is destined to be the year’s most exciting film release.
DEATHGRIP will debut its world premiere in Fairclough’s home city of London, England in April 2017. The film will set sail on a global premier tour including a North American premiere at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, bringing DEATHGRIP to live audiences around the world. The film is set for a global digital release on April 25, 2017 - the day before track walk of the first World Cup round of 2017.#DEATHGRIPMOVIE
Image by Boris Beyer
Image by Duncan Philpott
DEATHGRIP is a Metis Creative film in association with GoPro.
Supported by Scott Sports, Lifeproof and Monster Energy.
Further support provided by Yakima, DMR Bikes, Troy Lee Designs, Deity Components, Freeride Madeira and Pinkbike.
Produced in partnership with Raised By Wolves.
Starring: Brendan Fairclough and featuring: Brandon Semenuk, Josh Bryceland, Sam Hill, Andreu Lacondeguy, Sam Reynolds, Ryan Howard, Nico Vink, Andrew Neethling, Dan Atherton, Kyle Jameson and Olly Wilkins.
Image by Eric Palmer
Image by Jacob Gibbins
(Starring Athlete - London, England) is one of mountain biking’s biggest influencers. A World Cup racer at heart and by trade, Fairclough’s riding has taken him around the world since the age of seventeen. The sport has made a mark on Fairclough and he fully intends to return the favor through DEATHGRIP. Fairclough currently rides for the G-Staad Scott team. 2017 marks his 11th consecutive season of World Cup racing.Clay Porter
(Director - San Francisco, California) has spent more than half his life documenting the sport of downhill mountain biking and created some of the genre’s most influential and successful projects including Won’t Back Down: The Steve Peat Story (2014), 3 Minute Gaps (2011), The Atherton Project (2011 – 2009) and Between The Tape (2007). DEATHGRIP marks Porter’s tenth globally distributed mountain bike film project. During the past few years, Porter has created commercial content for a range of brands including Nike, Coca-Cola, Lexus, and Girl Skateboards. For the past 5 years, he has worked primarily with Metis Creative production colleagues Cameron Baird and John Reynolds since the commercial production boutique’s founding in 2011. Porter currently serves as the creative director of Metis Creative.