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Kiwi male culture in film: The world's fastest Indian

This film tells the barely believable true story of Burt Munro, an aging tinkerer from Invercargill who in 1967 set a world land speed record on his antique Indian motorcycle. It was written, produced and directed by Roger Donaldson, whose earlier films Sleeping dogs and Smash Palace also fit neatly into the theme of Kiwi male culture. The world's fastest Indian, starring well-known British actor Anthony Hopkins as Munro, appeared in 2005. This extract shows some of the obstacles Munro had to overcome in order to compete at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

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Reference: World's fastest Indian. Writer, producer and director, Roger Donaldson. WFI Productions, 2005.

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - New Zealand and the movies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/42464/kiwi-male-culture-in-film-the-worlds-fastest-indian (accessed 24 June 2024)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014, reviewed & revised 21 May 2024 with assistance from Emma-Jean Kelly