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Williams review: a touching, compassionate documentary about a Formula 1 legend

These two are interviewed more than anyone else in Williams, Morgan Matthews’s moving, rigorous and essential documentary about the man. But a third figure, Williams’s late wife Ginny, is just as powerful in her absence. The film is largely based on her 1991 book A Different Kind of Life, a memoir about living with Frank before and after his devastating incapacitation, which she wrote covertly and which her husband has never been able to bring himself to read.

A very particular type of marriage emerges, with Claire and others on hand to testify. There’s audio – even video – of Ginny talking, too, and we grasp her struggle to cope with everything lost in the crash. No one could have predicted her predeceasing Frank, which she did in 2013. The brief extracts that Claire reads from her mother’s memoir, encouraging her father to recognise Ginny’s buried anguish, cut through you like a knife.

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