The Lionheart
World Premiere

The Lionheart

Documentary Competition
Feature | United States | 104 MINUTES
Action, Women, Documentary, Drama, Romance, Biography, Sports

In the sport of IndyCar racing, there was little Dan Wheldon hadn’t achieved. The British-born driver—winner of the IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship, key member of a winning team at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and two-time victor of the Indianapolis 500—was a tremendous racer. He was gregarious and confident, yet also self-effacing. He was a man deeply devoted to his wife, Susie, and two young sons, and widely respected and well liked throughout the sport. His death in 2011 at an event in Las Vegas shook motorsports to its core.

Ten years later, Susie Wheldon still finds herself at the racetrack every weekend. Except now she’s there to support her sons, Sebastian and Oliver, as they follow in their father’s on-track footsteps. Laura Brownson’sThe Lionheart is a sensitively observed and deeply felt documentary, one that is at once a portrait of Dan Wheldon himself, a testament to the strength and resilience of Susie Wheldon, and an exploration of the generational reverberations that bind fathers and sons. But perhaps most impactfully, it’s a look at how both honoring a legacy and working through grief can happen by adopting a view loved by a father: the racetrack from behind the wheel of a car.––Jason Gutierrez

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Laura Brownson
Laura Brownson
Chapman Way, Maclain Way, Laura Brownson
Executive Producer
Ian Orefice, Loren Hammonds, Rebecca Teitel, Connor Schell, Aaron Cohen, Libby Geist, Justin Lacob, Bryn Mooser, Andy Hsieh
Co-Executive Producers
Mike Beck, Kristen Lappas, Kathryn Everett, Adrian Sussmann
Key Cast
Dan Wheldon, Susie Wheldon, Sebastian Wheldon, Oliver Wheldon
Michael Andretti, Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, Bryan Herta, Chip Ganassi, Sam Schmidt

Press Contact
Grace Royer
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 786 4832
Press Contact
Hayley Hanson
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 512 1000


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