MBUK – When you set out to make Return to Earth what was your ambition and how does it differ from that of your previous films?
DW – Well, the motivation behind the film is the same as for our previous films – the idea has always been to create something that inspires people to get out and ride, or even get into the sport, if this is their first introduction to mountain biking. The underlying theme of Return to Earth is really leaning into the idea of living in the present and reconnecting to nature through mountain biking. We’ve been thinking a lot about how the pull of modern life seems to be taking us away from nature and disconnecting us from the natural world. Obviously the last 10 years have really seen a spike in this, with handheld devices becoming ubiquitous and the perpetual distraction that comes along with that. So we see a mountain bike film as an opportunity to point our audience towards the positive and get people riding bikes!
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