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The incredible true story of how Burt Munro, an ageing oddball from Invercargill, took his home-engineered motorbike to America and won a land speed record. Director Roger Donaldson's passion project marked his first locally made film in two decades. Variety described it as "like a geriatric Rocky on wheels”, while Roger Ebert praised Anthony Hopkins' performance as one of the most endearing of his career. The result sold to 126 countries, spent five weeks in the Australian top six, and became NZ's highest-grossing local film — until Boy in 2010.


A Perspective by Costa Botes 20.10.2008

In 1983, Roger Donaldson spent several months shooting The Bounty (the fifth remake of the infamous mutiny story; Donaldson reflects on that process in this Kaleidoscope ...

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 Roger Donaldson
 Gary Hannam
 Iain Rea

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 David Gale

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What on earth is the cinema industry playing at?

It's rare to see a director at work who clearly understands his subject matter in such a profound way. Having spent over twenty years in competitive motorsport, I usually cringe at the Top Gun / Days of Thunder attempts to encapsulate the essence of those who live on the edge. This gem of a film is one of only two films (the other being The Right Stuff) I've seen that captures the spirit of those individuals who push the envelope.

Buy it and enjoy and then seriously question why this film hasn't received wider acclaim.

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This is one of Anthony Hopkins' most endearing, least showy performances. (Hopkins) is concerned here with the precise behavior of a quiet, introverted man who is simultaneously obsessed and a little muddled. It's as if his fellow racing drivers have been visited by a traveler from the dawn of their sport, when guys tinkered with their machines in the tool shed and roared up and down country roads. Burt Munro is a man for whom the world seems brand-new. 
... like a geriatric Rocky on wheels. 


2007 Australian Cinematographers Society
Cinematographer of the Year: David Gribble, for The World's Fastest Indian
Golden Tripod for Feature Film Cinematography (shared with Geoffrey Simpson for Romulus, My Father): David Gribble

2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards
Best Picture
Best Director: Roger Donaldson
Best Screenplay: Roger Donaldson
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Anthony Hopkins
Best Editor: John Gilbert
Best Production Design: J. Dennis Washington and Rob Gillies
Best Sound: Tim Prebble, Gethin Creagh and Mike Hedges

Nominated for Best Cinematography, Original Music (Peter Robinson) and Costume Design (Nancy Cavollaro and Jane Holland)

2006 Australian Film Institute Awards
Nominated for AFI Award for Excellence in International Filmmaking: Roger Donaldson

2005 San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain)
Nominated for Golden Seashell for Best Film