A lot went into planning a 1500 mile journey on motorbikes, and even more to turn Charley and Ewan's dream trip into a TV documentary. The Long Way Down team was headed up by Ewan, Charley, Russ Malkin and David Alexanian. The work of the Road Team and London HQ Team made the Long Way Down rtrip, documentary, book, CD, website and BBC website possible.
Ewan McGregor is one of Britain's most successful movie actors, known for taking on challenging and inspirational roles.
Having gained his first theatrical experience at the Perth Repertory Theatre, Ewan trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1994, McGregor earned critical acclaim for his performance in the thriller Shallow Grave, for which he won an Empire Award, and which marked his first collaboration with director Danny Boyle. His international breakthrough followed in 1996 with the role of heroin addict Mark Renton in Boyle's Trainspotting. Ewan's numerous film successes include Big Fish, Moulin Rouge!, the Star War prequels, The Ghost Writer and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
Ewan is now one of the most critically acclaimed actors of his generation and was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 Queen's New Years Honours List for his accomplishments in film, television and charity. He has recently appeared in The Corrections, The Impossible, Jack the Giant Slayer and August: Osage County.
Charley Boorman is a modern-day adventurer, travel writer and entertainer.
His acting career started as a child. Being the son of the film director John Boorman, his career was already mapped out, appearing in the film Deliverance in 1972 and many others to follow. In 1997 he met Ewan McGregor and later became his co-adventurer in Long Way Round in 2004 and Long Way Down in 2007.
Charley competed in the famous Dakar rally in 2006 which was filmed and became the Race to Dakar TV series and continued on solo adventures which have taken him all around the world. By Any Means began in his home-town in county Wicklow and ended in Sydney, Australia and saw Charley using multiple forms of transport to make his journey. In 2009 he filmed a follow up series of By Any Means, this time departing from Sydney Australia and travelling round the pacific-rim to Tokyo, Japan.
In recent years Charley has starred in two series of Extreme Frontiers for Channel Five. The first series was filmed in Canada and the second in South Africa. He is currently filming the third series, which sees him exploring the USA.
Producer / Director
David Alexanian runs Elixir Films, which he co-founded with his sister Alexis in1999.
Elixir Films distinguishes itself as an innovative producer and financier of independent feature films and television. The company is committed to help meet the growing demand for smart, authentic, character-driven projects by forging and supporting lasting relationships with individuals of profound vision.
After filming Eric Bogosian’s one man show, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee and the Los Angeles theater production of Connor MacPherson's The Good Thief starring Brian D’Arcy James, David acquired the rights of one of his favorite childhood books, Where the Red Fern Grows. Though the original film was produced in 1974, he remade it for Disney in 2003, starring Grammy Award winner Dave Matthews, in his acting debut, along with Kris Kristofferson and Dabney Coleman.
Following the success of Long Way Round in 2003 and Long Way Down in 2007, David next teamed up with Emilio Estevez in 2008 to produce The Way, a feature film starring Martin Sheen. The Way was filmed along an ancient pilgrimage road called the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and saw huge worldwide success when it was released in 2011.
Upon wrapping The Way, David travelled to South Africa to direct and produce Marley Africa Road Trip, a documentary with Ziggy Marley and his brothers Rohan and Robbie. On a short deadline, David filmed the Marleys as they travelled across the country, jamming with local musicians and organizing a charity concert in Soweto to promote African Unity.
Director / Producer
Event producer, creative director and all-round entrepreneur Russ Malkin produced television programming for many of the leading world motor sports series.
Motorcycles have become a recurring theme and in 2006 Russ followed up Long Way Round with Race to Dakar, a series charting Charley Boorman's attempt to take on the Dakar Rally. Long Way Down was followed by By Any Means and later a second series of By Any Means, both featuring Charley Boorman as he traveled from Ireland to Australia and then Australia to Japan, using any methods of transport he could get his hands on. Russ is currently preparing a third series of Charley Boorman's Extreme Frontiers, this time in the USA, following on from the success of Extreme Frontiers Canada which aired in 2011 and Extreme Frontiers South Africa in 2012.