One Man's Island - Isle of Man TT
DVD by Hoffworks Productions
Directed by Peter Riddihough
color, stereo, standard aspect ratio
All regions compatible
More: 2005 Isle of Man TT impressions
Just how serious a motorcyclist are
you? How committed are you to the sport...or to your
you've spent thousands on a dedicated track day bike.
Perhaps you're a world adventure tourer. Or maybe you ride
to work 260 days
commitment, and then there's commitment. Would you really
give up your job, sell everything you owned, say goodbye to
your family and friends and devote a year of your life to a
single, focused, dangerous and highly personal cause in a foreign land?
Gardiner did just that. Somehow, somewhere, a spark started
a flame which turned into an inferno of passion that could only be
quenched by one thing: riding the Isle of Man TT.
all fantasized about pulling a Walter Mitty. Watching
Valentino Rossi scythe his way through the MotoGP field, or feeling the scream of Juan Pablo Montoya's BMW
we may momentarily picture ourselves in the pilot's seat. But if
you turned to your mate with the news that you've decided to chuck
it all to live out the fantasy -- well, let's face it, most people would
call you nuts.
Man's Island is the story of just that kind of overwhelming passion.
It was shot on location on the Isle of Man by Peter Riddihough,
who directed, filmed and edited the entire production with no film
crew. The result is an immediacy and a unique and
highly personal feel which works to capture the raw essence of
Mark Gardiner's obsession.
Gardiner is probably the perfect guy to tell this story; not cut
from the mold of the young and wild motorcycle racer, he's thoughtful, quiet and
January 2002, Canadian Mark Gardiner gave up his job, home
and life-savings for a chance to ride in the Isle of Man TT,
the world’s greatest and most dangerous motorcycle road
But this is what makes it a great narrative, because he
can so completely intellectualize the experience and relay it to us in
videography in this documentary is wonderful. It follows Mark from his early winter arrival in the Isle of Man as
he follows his meticulous plan for conquering the Mountain.
All of his thoughts, frustrations and successes are open for all
to see as he plans his attack, from the daily 30-mile bicycle
rides around the course to his carefully drawn entry and exit
plans for each of the hundreds of corners.
Man's Island hits you on at least three different levels. You'll learn
more about the TT -- the most famous and unique motorcycle event
in history. You'll experience first-hand what it takes to
make it happen. And it will force you to place your own
motivation, drive and commitment in the mirror.
from The One Man's Island story were published in the February and April 2003 issues
of Motorcyclist Magazine to a very enthusiastic response.
Mark Gardiner is also writing a book about his experiences, and if
it's anything like the articles and the film, it should be a winner.
DVD film version by Peter Riddihough documents a
quiet perseverance and Zen-like dedication that few of us have
experienced. The message can be appreciated by anyone
interested in the motivations of the human spirit, whether they
share a passion for motorcycles or not.
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