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Britten - Backyard Visionary Television (Full Length) – 1994 Documentary Captioned

Britten - Backyard Visionary

Television (Full Length) – 1994 Documentary Captioned

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Love this story.

Makes me wonder if there are any similar journeys are taking place around the world as we speak.

Piotr Wawrzyczny

Piotr Wawrzyczny 15 Nov 2018 - 03.13pm


Murray Dinneen

Murray Dinneen 21 Jan 2018 - 01.11pm

My son had to do a assignment on a great New Zealander and choose John Britten. This doco helped him connect with the heart of John's passion and creativity. Thank you for making John's inspiring story accessible to future generations.


annalese 13 May 2014 - 10.26am

What a legend....! God only knows what he could`ve achieved if he hadn`t died so young ! Reminds me of the sort of British garden shed inventers like Barnes Wallace etc...! Found this via a link in MCN after Adam Child fullfilled a lifelong dream to ride one and he was totally blown away ! Only wish he could have lived on and done all the other things planned to do with motorcycles especially ! What a guy ! Hope he`s appreciated in NZ ! Peace Ye`All from Scotland !!

William Lithgow

William Lithgow 28 Mar 2013 - 05.33pm

The word legend rings loud in my mind when i remember watching john brittens story for the first time with my younger brother nearly 20yrs ago, his story has been fixed in my mind ever since. A humble genius who never did anything for the fame, only to prove a to himself he could.

Dion paul warren

Dion paul warren 17 Mar 2013 - 03.42pm

Had tears in my eyes, when he was doing wheelies alongside the Ducati...seeing John so happy gave me goosebumps all over. Incredible, what this man has achieved! My all-time hero!! Greetings from germany to NZ.


Jens 24 Jan 2013 - 03.06am

I purchased the video some years ago, and haven't been able to play it since I no longer have a video player... If it was on DVD I would purchase it.... An incredible story of innovation and talent.... I grew up in Rhodesia where we had similar innovative people brought on by the fact Rhodesia had sanctions from the rest of the world. We had to innovate our way through life...

Barry Johnston

Barry Johnston 9 Feb 2012 - 11.53am

Just been watching the John Britten story on DVD and yep he was brilliant but the music in the program spoilt my enjoyment especially when it was playing over the top of people talking etc


Helen 19 Dec 2011 - 08.42pm

What a privilege to see this documentary after all this time. The word 'genius' is bandied about far too readily in this day & age, but I can't think of a more fitting discription for JB. Even after his sad passing, his innovation & legacy is an inspiration to generations both old & new. Thank you John for your work, insight, & your numerous achievements - but most of all for the undying can-do spirit which should inspire us all.

New Zealand & his surviving loved ones should be justly proud.

Best wishes from Missy Dee in the UK x

Dee Reynolds

Dee Reynolds 8 Sep 2011 - 08.27pm

i am a 13 year old boy and this nearly made me cry watching it damn skin cancer

cody simpson

cody simpson 30 May 2011 - 08.25pm

This makes me proud to be a Kiwi. I'm not a bike fan but this story is great, I'll be buying the DVD on my return to NZ I would love to know what John's family are doing now, especially his children to what field of work have they gone into.

What a true legend John, in the word's history books for ever.


Regards DCH


Dave 23 Mar 2011 - 07.58am

Just bought the DVD and I hope many others do, lets hope some of the revenue continues his dream and goes to Kirsteen and and children, rest in peace John


Darren 26 Dec 2010 - 08.08pm

I am a passionate biker. Can't tell you as much this story inspired me ...
Do you have any opening position in that particular garage ?
Calin from Romania

Calin Filip

Calin Filip 21 Nov 2010 - 11.20am

new zealand has a britten motor bike on show at te papa musem in wellington, :) britten.......

v.t.r honda

v.t.r honda 27 Oct 2010 - 12.17am

The extended, uncut version of this documentary, with additional footage following the Britten team through Europe and at Isle of Mann, "One Man's Dream" is coming to DVD in late November. Details on


Jos 21 Oct 2010 - 01.45pm

John Britten died much to early in his life. It is sad, that noone followed up his dream. I am glad, that I could see the european Brtiien in Assen/Netherlands life an I have never sean such a beauty of technology again. Dear Britten's in New Zealand, continue the work of John Britten, it's worth the work. It's not the longest way to build it as a street bike.
I am just working at the "Baby Briten" and it shows a lot of the innovation, John Britten has done in the 80s. A little bit poor: the "Baby Britten" is made from metal.


Helmut 10 Aug 2010 - 07.05pm

john britten is a fricken legend


reilly 21 Apr 2010 - 08.35am

I am still learning more about John Britten, but his story is almost too good to be true. The man was unbelieveable, and completely fearless to take on the huge dynasty of European and Japanese motorcycling conglomerates. An amazingly inspirational story - I can only imagine that he must be regarded as a deity in N.Z. Talk about David vs. Goliath(s!) - he was a true "giantkiller".

It's funny, but I like to tinker and fix things, and lots of people I know seem fairly impressed by that. I do enjoy it, but all I am doing is repairing old things, finding what's broken and fixing it, and occasionally having to get creative with a solution, and persistence will get you EVERYWHERE. I think the reason that I am not very impressed with what I do is that every so often I hear about somebody like John and what they can and do accomplish, and the sheer awe and admiration for what HE did never really leaves you. In that light, it is pretty hard for us mere mortals to be overly impressed with our minor accomplishments. The world could really use a lot more people like him - bold visionaries who show us what many could hardly dream up, let alone execute, despite the odds. Just unbelieveable....


Jed 17 Mar 2010 - 11.43am

I remember this so well. John was my uncle and a massive inspiration in my life. Anyone who is an aspiring creative visionary should read this article also:

Jackson Beale

Jackson Beale 5 May 2009 - 10.20am

I am not that interested in motorbikes but someone recommended this doco to me. I have to say it was fantastic and would quite happily watch it again. So have shared it with all my friends.

Lynne O'Connor

Lynne O'Connor 18 Mar 2009 - 03.23am

Awesome documentary. You never know when you are filming that you are documenting a Legend! How can I buy this on DVD?

dale ozun

dale ozun 31 Jan 2009 - 11.47pm

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