There is poetry in the act of breathing life into someone else’s scrap, even if it is only for one last heroic dance. Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow is an ode to the creativity of banger racing.
“It was like the surprise of lifting a rock to find life unexpectedly teeming underneath.”
Neither Madderson nor Stevens knew a huge amount about banger racing before embarking on this project, ‘Jono had been as a kid and was reminded about it last year by a friend. It was something we knew nothing about and had barely ever registered. When we started looking into it we went to our first banger meeting and from that moment we were right in the thick of it. It was like the surprise of lifting a rock to find life unexpectedly teeming underneath.’
“This was an opportunity to do something we don’t normally do”
On what the hardest aspect of the shoot was Madderson explains, ‘There were lots of different stories that we could tell but they were all fairly traditional. This was an opportunity to do something we don’t normally do so we were often pulling against natural storytelling instincts. Greirson defined documentary making as ‘a creative treatment of actuality’ and this was an opportunity to push that a little. For this reason it was one of the projects that we’ve learned the most from.’