The incredible true story of the man behind one of the greatest brands in international motorsport, Bruce McLaren: the humble New Zealander who became a superstar of 1960s Formula One.
Roger Donaldson (Smash Palace; The World's Fastest Indian), a motor racing fan, tracks McLaren's full-throttle career from his dad's Auckland garage to the world stage. A naturally brilliant driver, McLaren moved to Europe in 1958, at a time when the Formula One scene drew huge crowds in exotic locations, and winners were idolised like movie stars. This was the era of Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi – and McLaren was the youngest of them all. Not just a driver, he formed the Bruce McLaren Racing Team in 1963 to build and race his own revolutionary cars. In 1970, at age 32, he was killed in an accident while testing a new race car. Donaldson tells the story of this legendary, unassuming Kiwi through interviews, archival footage, and big-screen worthy recreations.
If you really like to geek out on motorsport, it's arguably better than Senna - Stephen Dobie, Top Gear
For me the story of Bruce McLaren has the same appeal as if I was making a film about James Dean or Buddy Holly – one of those icons who were cut down at the prime of their life and yet their work still lives on. – Roger Donaldson.
Festival guest: Roger Donaldson