The inspirational documentary account of one man’s pioneering spirit, unswerving tenacity and endless passion, McLaren is the untold story of a New Zealand world motor racing icon. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The World’s Fastest Indian) and coming to cinemas in June 2017, this is the definitive tale of New Zealander Bruce McLaren, who created a motor racing empire from his shed.
Roger Donaldson comments “I was delighted to be involved in the telling of such an incredible New Zealand story – bringing it to life on the big screen has been a huge effort from all involved in Bruce’s legacy. I look forward to the people of New Zealand seeing this inspiring story in cinemas across New Zealand this winter. Ever since seeing Bruce McLaren and Jack Brabham race each other in the Tasman series years ago I’ve been a McLaren fan. Few people know just how extraordinary his journey was and how much he accomplished in his short life.”
Produced by Matthew Metcalfe (Beyond The Edge) and Fraser Brown (Orphans & Kingdoms) the film features contributions from Emerson Fittipaldi, Alastair Caldwell, Dan Gurney, Lothar Motschenbacher, Chris Amon, Howden Ganley, Mario Andretti and Sir Jackie Stewart and offers unprecedented access to the McLaren family and archives. The story of the favourite son of two nations, a much-loved father and one of motor racing’s greatest icons, McLaren is a tale of human endeavour for the ages.
Producer Matthew Metcalfe says “Bruce McLaren was a remarkable man who embodied New Zealand’s capacity to innovate and solve any problem. This saw him achieve incredible global success against all odds, from our small corner of the world. The pride we felt working on Sir Edmund Hillary’s story in Beyond the Edge – is a very similar spirit to which we have approached this film. They were both New Zealanders we could all relate to, doing extraordinary things which made history and left a proud legacy for all Kiwis.”
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, friends and colleagues to create a dynasty that lives on to this day. Revealing the challenges and adversities faced along the way, including a childhood illness which threatened to alter the path of his life, McLaren is the story of one man’s unfaltering commitment to his vision which will inspire generations of sporting fans.
McLaren will be released in New Zealand cinemas by Transmission in June 2017. It is distributed in the rest of the world by Universal Pictures.