MINI’s New Film: The Britalian Job, Goes For Olympic Gold

With just 45 days until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, a crack team of former British athletes have been called upon to protect the most coveted prize of all – the Olympic Gold Medals.

But whilst the Guvnor (two-time Olympic champion, Daley Thomson) looks on from his control room, the thief (Jodie Kidd) snatches the package and makes her escape on a black motorbike.

A ‘Code Gold’ triggers the start of a chase sequence across London – aptly named ‘The Britalian Job’ – as our crack team of ex-Olympians (James Cracknell, Jonathan Edwards and Matthew Pinsent) attempt to track down the perpetrator.

The 5-minute London 2012-themed film, pays homage to the classic 1969 Italian Job film starring Noël Coward, Michael Caine and Benny Hill (although without any doors being blown apart), and was directed by Phil Churchward, the lead director on BBC’s Top Gear.

It’s a stunt-packed adventure of pedal-to-the-metal action, that actually does a pretty good job of showcasing the MINI’s natural agility. The stunts were co-ordinated by Paul Swift and his team using red, white and blue London 2012 special edition MINIs. Paul is the son of legendary stunt driver, Russ Swift, and is well known for precision driving, auto testing and performing at live motor events.

Paul is a multiple Guinness World Record holder and seven-time British Motorsport Champion, having won the MSA Auto test Championship three times and the BTRDA four times, clocking up more than 100 events along the way.

Motorcycle trials rider, Dougie Lampkin (MBE), performs the motorbike stunts, outpacing the MINIs until the final scene where the theif drops the bike on a slippery corner and is forced to return the Olympic medals to our ex-Olympians.

The stunts are performed against some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Knightsbridge and London’s Leadenhall market, whilst the final jump scene was performed in front of the main Olympic stadium at Stratford.

Double Olympic gold medallist, Daley Thompson, who masterminds the chase comments; “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!”

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.”

Behing the scenes

Amateur content maker Tim (Shmee150) filmed the following behind-the-scenes clip of the new MINI advert in Stratford, which provides some additional perspective on the stunts being performed.