Video: Mini's 'Britalian Job'

2012-06-12 14:01

Mini has a released a short London Olympic Games-themed film paying homage to the 1969 classic 'The Italian Job'.

The film, created to celebrate the British automaker's partnership with Team GB and Paralympics GB, shows a group of sports stars, including sporting legends Daley Thompson, James Cracknell, Jonathan Edwards and Matthew Pinsent.

In the video, title 'The Britalian Job' the stars attempt to track down a thief played by race driver and model Jodie Kidd during a night-time heist.


Directed by Phil Churchward, lead director of Top Gear, the action-packed film shows London 2012 special edition Minis performing stunts in the capital.

The film features several references to the original movie, including Minis emerging from the same Park Lane basement used in the 1969 classic, traversing down the Duke of York steps off The Mall and a chase through London’s Leadenhall Market.

Double Olympic gold medallist Daley Thompson said: "It’s been a great experience being involved in 'The Britalian Job' – everyone in the cast became completely immersed in their roles and with seven Olympic Gold medals between us, we were obviously the right team for the job.”

The film climaxes in one final dramatic stunt in which the three Minis perform a 10-metre jump in close formation in front of the Olympic Stadium as their pursuit of the biker reaches its peak.


Graham Biggs, corporate communications director for BMW Group UK, said: “'The Italian Job' is a classic and this was a great opportunity and the right time to have some fun with it in London.

"We wanted to make an exciting short film featuring British sporting heroes and three Minis as the stars, in and around some of London's greatest landmarks, as the city prepares for The Games. We hope everybody enjoys it,” he said.

James Cracknell, British rowing champion and double Olympic gold medallist, said: "It was great fun making this film and London makes such a brilliant setting for an action sequence like this.

"Seeing London begin its transformation for the summer Games and feeling the excitement building is tremendous. Everybody involved with this film wishes Team GB and ParalympicsGB the best of luck as the Games approach."

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