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McLaren

McLaren

Synopsis

Director

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, 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

Roger Donaldson

(b. 1945) was 19 years old when he moved from Australia to New Zealand, where he made several dramatic shorts and documentaries including „Offerings to the God of Speed“ (1971). His first feature debut „Sleeping Dogs“ (1977) was the first New Zealand film to be released in the United States. After directing „Smash Palace“ (1981), he moved to the USA and directed adventure film „The Bounty“ (1984) with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. His most famous features are „Cocktail“ (1988) with Tom Cruise, „The Recruit“ (2003) with Al Pacino and „The November Man“ (2014) with Pierce Brosnan.

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: No Way Out (1987)
  • Cocktail (Kokteil, 1988)
  • Cadillac Man (1990)
  • White Sands (1992)
  • The Getaway (1994)
  • Species (1995)
  • Dante’s Peak (Dante mäetipp, 1997)
  • Thirteen Days (13 päeva, 2000)
  • The Recruit (Spioonitest, 2003)
  • The World’s Fastest Indian (2005, Maailma kiireim indiaanlane, PÖFF 2006)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • Seeking Justice (Õiglus, 2011)
  • The November Man (Novembrimees, 2014)
  • McLaren (2017, doc)

Schedule

22.11.2017
21:15 - 22:47
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 061903
Sold out
23.11.2017
21:30 - 23:02
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 10
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 070704
Sold out
02.12.2017
18:15 - 19:47
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 160602
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Doc@PÖFF
Estonian Olympic Committee Presents

Film info

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2017
Duration: 92 minutes
Language: English
Director: Roger Donaldson
Producers: Fraser Brown, Matthew Metcalfe
Writers: James Brown, Matthew Metcalfe, Tim Woodhouse
DOP:  David Paul
Montage: Tim Woodhouse
Production: General Film Corporation
Festival: Sydney

Synopsis

Director

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, 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

Roger Donaldson

(b. 1945) was 19 years old when he moved from Australia to New Zealand, where he made several dramatic shorts and documentaries including „Offerings to the God of Speed“ (1971). His first feature debut „Sleeping Dogs“ (1977) was the first New Zealand film to be released in the United States. After directing „Smash Palace“ (1981), he moved to the USA and directed adventure film „The Bounty“ (1984) with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. His most famous features are „Cocktail“ (1988) with Tom Cruise, „The Recruit“ (2003) with Al Pacino and „The November Man“ (2014) with Pierce Brosnan.

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: No Way Out (1987)
  • Cocktail (Kokteil, 1988)
  • Cadillac Man (1990)
  • White Sands (1992)
  • The Getaway (1994)
  • Species (1995)
  • Dante’s Peak (Dante mäetipp, 1997)
  • Thirteen Days (13 päeva, 2000)
  • The Recruit (Spioonitest, 2003)
  • The World’s Fastest Indian (2005, Maailma kiireim indiaanlane, PÖFF 2006)
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • Seeking Justice (Õiglus, 2011)
  • The November Man (Novembrimees, 2014)
  • McLaren (2017, doc)