Back in December last year we paid a visit to the very talented and hugely popular Blitz Motorcycles. We were lucky enough to spend quality time with Fred Jourden one half of Blitz, so when he told us about a new documentary featuring himself, Hugo and a collection of other motorcycle enthusiasts and builders we had to check it out.
The Greasy hand Preachers is A film By Clement Beauvais and Arthur de Kersauson. It follows people such as DEUS, ROLAND SANDS, BLITZ, SINYA KIMURA and EL SOLITARIO who are building and perfecting motorcycles. It starts with a brilliant quote by Saint Francis of Assisi...
"He who works with his hands is a labourer
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman
He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist"
This quote sets the scene for the rest of film, from the outset it is clear to see everyone involved has a true dedication to their their craft and a real passion for doing what they do. Independently each of the makers has their own unique style, their own take on modelling, designing and building a motorcycle, but collectively they all share a unified goal - to make the best bike they can and have lots of fun doing it. The sense of achievement from building and riding is obvious to watch but I really enjoyed seeing all of the makers coming together without a hint of arrogance, there was a real sense of friendship and belonging.
Even if you don’t like motorcycles this film is worth a watch, it goes without saying that it has motorcycles at the core but right at the heart of the film is people, their stories and their belief in creating things with a passion and a purpose and how doing what they love leads to a fuller life.
The film is available on vimeo to stream and download here