Ford versus Holden movie coming to cinemas in 2022

A documentary highlighting Australia’s biggest motoring rivalry will hit cinemas in April



  • Ford vs. Holden movie currently in production
  • Will be a documentary detailing the rivalry both on track and on the road
  • Tipped to be released mid-April this year

A feature-length documentary detailing Australia’s biggest and longest automotive rivalry is currently in the works, with the final product set to hit theatres in April this year.

The film is being made out of WildBear Entertainment’s Brisbane office, on behalf of cinema giant Universal Studio group.

WildBear are the same group responsible for the critically acclaimed Brock: Over The Top documentary that was released in 2020.

Much like the Peter Brock film, it is said the Ford vs. Holden flick will use archive footage and interviews with motorsport and industry legends to tell the historic story, as opposed to a dramatisation like 2019’s Ford v Ferrari.

The documentary will be narrated by former Top Gear Australia host and Australian actor Shane Jacobsen, and will dive into the manufacturers’ rivalry on the racetrack, on the road and in the showrooms.

“The talented documentary producers from WildBear Entertainment have been hard at work in their Woolloongabba studio, blending fresh interviews with archive footage to bring the story of Ford vs. Holden to cinemas in mid-April 2022,” said Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“WildBear is so excited to continue working with Screen Queensland and Universal Pictures Content Group to tell the story of the rivalry between these two powerhouse brands and the impact they have had on Australian culture,” added WildBear principal and producer Veronica Fury.

The Holden and Ford rivalry stretches back as far as the 1950s in Australia, with the 1960s really seeing the battle spice up, particularly on the race track.

Holden’s Monaro and Torana duked it out with multiple generations of the Ford Falcon at Bathurst throughout the ’60s and ’70s, while the Kingswood did much of Holden’s grunt work in the sales charts.

The 1980s saw the Kingswood begrudgingly replaced by the Commodore, which would go toe to toe with the Falcon until the mid-2000s as Australia’s best-selling car and continue the rivalry on track in the ATCC, now known as Supercars.

The local car industry struggled in the wake of the global financial crisis (2007 – 2009), with slowing sales and changing market trends slowly pushing the Commodore and Falcon down the charts.

In 2016, Ford closed both its Geelong and Broadmeadows factories and retired the Falcon. Holden followed shortly afterwards, building the last locally made Commodores in late 2017 before pulling out of the market entirely at the end of 2020.