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

This film tells the barely believable but true story of Burt Munro, an aging tinkerer from Invercargill, who in 1967 set a world speed record on his antique Indian motorcycle that remained unbeaten in 2013. It was written, produced and directed by Roger Donaldson, whose earlier films Sleeping dogs and Smash palace also fit neatly within 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 needed to overcome in order to race at Bonneville Salt Flats against the best in the world.

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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, (accessed 22 September 2023)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014