Director Roger Donaldson
Producer Matthew Metcalfe, Fraser Brown
Screenplay Matthew Metcalfe, Tim Woodhouse, James Brown
The remarkable story of international motor-racing icon, Bruce McLaren, as told by one of our most successful filmmakers, Roger Donaldson.
The man that formed The McLaren Formula One Racing Team, second only to Ferrari as the most successful F1 team in the history of the sport, was born in Auckland and went on to become the personification of Kiwi can-do. To tell this story Donaldson interviewed the likes of Chris Amon, Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney, but it also includes Bruce's own words as narration, from archive, interviews and using his letters and tapes sent home to family.
“Documenting the history of this great little nation of ours should be a priority, so what a gift to have one of our most successful filmmakers craft the true story of one of our greatest sportsmen... But it came down to McLaren's oldest mates to break our hearts. Filling in all the gaps between the race wins and losses, the building of the McLaren cars, the brand, and ultimately the team and the legend McLaren is today, these men paid tribute to the friend they loved the best way they knew how, telling his life story simply, with humour, a typically understated kiwi passion, and then ultimately, with their hearts, and their tears.There won't be a dry eye in the house, McLaren is a wonderful watch, a must-see for all New Zealanders regardless of how much petrol runs through their veins.” — Kate Rodger, Newshub