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Richard Pearse

Television (Full Length) – 1975

Around 31 March 1903, eccentric farmer Richard Pearse climbed into a self-built monoplane and flew for about 140 metres, before crashing into a Waitohi gorse bush. The amount of control he maintained and exact date (before the Wright brothers?) has been oft-debated. This award-winning TV film (an early script for Hunter's Gold's Roger Simpson) dramatises the life of the reclusive young inventor and his flying machine, from his youth up until the flight itself. Actor Martyn Sanderson captures 'Mad Dick's' obsession in a Feltex-winning performance.

Hey Dicky Bird show us your wings — show us how you can fly!
– A mob of local teenagers taunt Pearse (Martyn Sanderson)

Key Cast & Crew

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Martyn Sanderson

As: Richard Pearse

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Jeff Simpson

As: Young Richard Pearse

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Chris King

Editor

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Roger Simpson

Writer

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Max Quinn

Cinematographer

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Peter Muxlow

Producer

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NZ Broadcasting Corporation

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