There are 288 films being shown at this year’s Sydney Film Festival but one I’m looking forward to most, McLaren. Directed by Roger Donaldson, the Bruce McLaren documentary charts Bruce’s life from humble beginnings in his father’s garage to dominating the global motorsports scene and the birth of one of the world’s most desirable brands.
According to Donaldson, McLaren’s story is one of the great untold tales of the world.
“For me the story of Bruce McLaren has the same appeal as if I was making a film about James Dean or Buddy Holly – one of those icons who were cut down at the prime of their life and yet their work still lives on,” said Donaldson.
A naturally brilliant driver, Bruce McLaren moved to Europe in 1958, at a time when the Formula One scene drew huge crowds in exotic locations, and winners were idolised like movie stars. This was the era of Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi – and McLaren was the youngest of them all. Not just a driver, he formed the Bruce McLaren Racing Team in 1963 to build and race his own revolutionary cars. In 1970, at age 32, he was killed in an accident while testing a new race car. Donaldson tells the story of this legendary, unassuming Kiwi through interviews, archival footage, and big-screen worthy recreations.
The Bruce McLaren documentary is playing at the following times:
Sunday June 18 at the State Theatre at 4.20pm
Sunday June 18 at George St Cinemas at 8.35pm
You can purchase tickets here.