Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s circumnavigation is the stuff of legend among travelers. London to New York on an off road. Then they did it again a few years later traveling from John O’Groats in Scotland to Cape Town, South Africa. Oh, did I mention, they did these trips on motorcycles. What really makes these series stand out is that they show you what it takes to plan, prepare, and execute a massive worldwide adventure. Early episodes even serve as a short film school course in travel documentary filmmaking with the series’ directors. More importantly, they do not shy away from embarrassment and failure. And they fail a lot. They always get back up. They always work together. They always find solutions. They always embrace the wild and crazy world around them. That is what travel is all about.
Posted on 04/29/2016 at 10:39:00 AM
The Musician and Son of Bob Marley Discusses Filming the Documentary
by Karen Benardello
Ziggy generously took the time recently to talk about filming 'Marley Africa Road Trip,' which he also produced.
Among other things, the musician discussed how understanding the obstacles that Africa faces, and bringing his father's spirit to the people there to help them overcome their struggles, motivated him and his brothers to make the documentary; how the movie has been receiving positive feedback from fans, which is prompting his desire to shoot a similar film in another African country; and how he hopes audiences will see that Africa is an area of great wealth, not only materially, but also spiritually, through the documentary.
Posted on 05/11/2013 at 05:45:00 PM
A week after the Rolling Stones played a semi-secret club date as a musical publicity stunt, reggae scion Ziggy Marley did the same -- performing a short set of his father's standards and his own originals Friday afternoon at a remote roadside cafe on the Angeles Crest Highway, to an audience of several hundred motorcycle riders. The carefully staged, strategically leaked, private event was hosted by Ducati.The mashup of Marley, mountains and motorcycles was a promotion for the DVD release of "Marley Africa Road Trip", a six-part television documentary produced by David Alexanian, director of "Long Way Round," a similar TV documentary about a motorcycle trip around the world taken by actor Ewan McGregor and his fellow motorcycle enthus...Read more
Posted on 05/11/2013 at 05:15:00 PM
By James PlathThis six-part documentary may play like a reality show, but the Marleys are far more interesting and fun than the wealthy or redneck families that the networks keep throwing at us. And their humanitarianism is genuine.Is there anyone on the planet who hasn’t heard of Bob Marley? Or heard at least one of the Jamaican reggae legend’s songs? His greatest hits album, “Legend” (1984)—released three years after his death by melanoma at the young age of 36—is the biggest selling reggae album of all-time. As the rhythm guitar player and lead vocalist for The Wailers, Marley was most responsible for popularizing reggae and spreading the Rastafari message. His music gained traction in America wh...Read more
Posted on 04/11/2013 at 05:30:00 PM
By Pat Saperstein
For Emilio Estevez, the path his indie pic “The Way” has taken seems nearly as long as the 500-mile pilgrimage at the center of his film.The director-thesp-screenwriter was in for a surprise when he realized how much effort it takes to stay involved with the marketing and distribution of an indie release.Starring Estevez’s father Martin Sheen and produced by David Alexanian (Elixir Films), the modestly-budgeted road trip pic has made it to $3.43 million in eight weeks since its Oct. 7 opening. What’s more, after increasing its per-screen average five weeks in a row, the film expands Friday to nearly 60 more locations in the thick of the crowded holiday marketplace.Estevez, who had been looking ...Read more
Posted on 12/01/2011 at 01:15:00 PM
By Peter Knegt
Emilio Estevez and Elixir Films' David alexanian announced today that they have partnered with John Sloss and Bart Walker's Producers Distribution Agency (PDA) and Trevor Drinkwater's ARC Entertainment to release The Way, written and directed by Estevez and starring Martin Sheen, on Friday, October 7. The film which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival where it played to standing ovations and critical acclaim, was produced by David Alexanian and partly based on the Jack Hitt book, Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route into Spain. It was filmed in Spain and France along the famed Camino de Santiago.The film will open in 15 markets in the first week exclusively in AMC Theatres as part of...Read more
Posted on 10/09/2011 at 10:15:00 AM
By David Carr
AMERICANS have elected men to the highest office in the land in the hope that they would be tough but fair, regular guys but still presidential. You know, like Josiah Bartlet, who reigned with dignity for seven seasons on “The West Wing” on NBC. During some of the more feckless stretches of the presidency people have even suggested that Martin Sheen, who played Bartlet, should give it a whirl for real. Mr. Sheen has heard the cry of the people and is in the midst of a 55-day cross-country bus campaign. But it’s to persuade his supporters to go out and see “The Way,” his new film, which was directed by his son Emilio Estevez.Three days into the trip, with the father-son duo hosting screenings ...Read more
Posted on 09/17/2011 at 06:00:00 PM
By Neil Midgley, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are off on a perilous bike trip for BBC2. They tell Neil Midgley about hunger, bickering and a near-death experience.
Ewan McGregor is reclining in a plush armchair in a suite at Claridge’s. It’s not just any suite: this one is so big that it has its own internal corridors, and enough space for an army of PR people to fuss about in anterooms. There’s an industrial-scale espresso machine, and McGregor is being served tea and biscuits by a flunky.
It’s a far cry from the journey that McGregor and his pal Charley Boorman are here to promote. Long Way Down, which starts on BBC2 on Sunday, charts their three-month motorbike ride from John O’Groats to Cape Town....Read more
Posted on 10/27/2007 at 10:30:00 AM
They have faced blinding sandstorms, flash floods, rampaging rhinos and wven the odd burst tyre, but after 15,000 miles they have finally reached their goal. Ewan Mc Gregor and his friend and fellow actor charley Boorman have completed an attempt to motorbike from John O' Groats to Cape Town.Yesterday, after the gruelling trip which spanned three months and took the pair through 18 countries, they reached the finishing line. The epic journey - dubbed the Long Way Down - will help raise money and awareness for three specially chosen charities; CHAS (Children's Hospice Association of Scotland), Unicef and Riders For Health, which distributes medical supplies and food to remote parts of Africa by motorbike. Trainspotting and Star Wars sta...Read more
Posted on 08/05/2007 at 11:15:00 PM
By Virgintla HeffernanIf you couldn't get a flu shot and now feel woozy, "Long Way Round" comes at the right time. An ambling six-part documentary about a motorcycle trip taken by the actors Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor, "Long Way Round," which starts tonight on Bravo, is dreamy, long and superfluous - a perfect convalescence movie. Nor would it be unwelcome viewing on a long plane ride. It's a film for time-biding.Mr. McGregor, 33, and Mr. Boorman, 38, the son of the director John Boorman, met on the set of "The Serpent's Kiss" and hit it off. Early in their friendship, they planned a journey on motorcycles. First they talked of Spain, but they soon grew more ambitious, finally devising a fantasy trip: 20,000 miles, from London t...Read more
Posted on 10/28/2004 at 10:00:00 PM