6 items from 2017
“Every movie is different” says filmmaker Roger Donaldson. “There are always so many things to keep you interested and so I’m not bored yet.” The story of racing driver, constructor and engineer Bruce McLaren has become the primary focus of Donaldson. It is one that has seen him transition away from a long series of narrative features including: Cocktail, Species, Dante’s Peak and The Recruit, to direct documentary McLaren. While the Cold War drama Thirteen Days indicates his interest in real life stories, his 1971 documentary short Burt Munro: Offerings to the God of Speed, and 2005 narrative feature The World’s Fastest Indian starring Anthony Hopkins as Burt Munro, connects merges his three interests of life, fiction and racing.
In conversation with Flickering Myth, Donaldson discussed a career in film that has embraced change, yet is one underpinned by the stability of his choices. »
- Amie Cranswick
Radiant Films International to launch sales in Cannes.
The Guinea Pig Club tells the true story of New Zealand surgeon Archie McIndoe who defied the British establishment at the height of the Second World War with his radical treamtment of Battle Of Britain pilots who suffered serious burns.
New Zealand-based Tim Sanders, who produced The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, is producing for Field Theory and industry veteran Penny Wolf serves as executive producer. Production is earmarked for an early 2018 shoot in New Zealand.
Radiant Films International will handle worldwide rights excluding Australia and New Zealand.
“The Guinea Pig Club is an uplifting and heroic story, coupled with moments »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The inspirational documentary account of one man’s pioneering spirit, unswerving tenacity and endless passion, McLaren is the untold story of a motor racing icon, directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The World’s Fastest Indian). Coming to cinemas in 2017, the tale of one of New Zealand’s most treasured sons and the father of Britain’s most cherished motor racing empire is a compelling ode to never giving up on a dream.
Born in New Zealand in 1937, Bruce McLaren’s determination to make it to the summit of global motor racing circles saw his name become synonymous with the sport; displaying an incomparable will to succeed and desire to better both himself and his burgeoning super brand. In following a singular dream, McLaren elicited the loyalty, determination and love of family, »
- Paul Heath
Author: David Sztypuljak
We’ve been rather blessed with wonderful motor racing documentaries and feature films over the past few years. Senna immediately comes to mind bringing unseen footage and a truly inspiring story that was beautiful to watch on the cinema screen. The likes of Tt: 3D based around the Isle of Man Tt was another that stands out introducing the fabulous Guy Martin to the world!
Today we’ve been sent the first look trailer of ‘McLaren’ – a feature-length documentary about Bruce McLaren and the man behind the company that still continues at the top flight of international motorsport to this very day. McLaren takes us through the rise, domination and legacy that Bruce McLaren was able to leave after his untimely death in a crash while testing in 1970 at age of just 32 while testing his new M8D at Goodwood.
The movie trailer gives you an »
- David Sztypuljak
Taraji P Henson leads a strong ensemble in Hidden Figures, a story of Nasa's past that makes for compelling and important cinema.
Cinema is good at this. At finding little known stories, and shining a beacon of light on them. In the case of Hidden Figures, arriving in UK cinemas off the back of Oscar nominations and a $100m+ gross at the Us box office, author Margot Lee Shetterly got there first; it’s her best seller that’s the basis of this excellent film. The movie adaptation does it proud.
The story here focuses on the space race in the early 1960s, specifically the moment where it looked as if Russia had firmly seized the initiative. As Nasa was struggling to get an American into space, Russia was having far more success, and the pressure was duly on.
That pressure in part fell on the shoulders of Al Harrison »
The “Jena Six” were six black high school students in a small Louisiana town who were initially charged with attempted murder in a 2006 attack on a white student. The attack took place several months after a series of racial incidents at the school, including three nooses hanging from a tree at the high school a day after a black student asked the principal if black students could sit under the tree.
The victim of the attacks was treated at an emergency room for several hours and attended a high school dance that evening. The six teenagers were arrested and Mychal Bell, »
- Dave McNary
6 items from 2017
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