New Zealand backs Bruce McLaren biopic

Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren

Production of a new documentary on the legendary Bruce McLaren has commenced.

With backing from New Zealand’s Film Commission, the biopic aims to document McLaren’s rise to global motor racing greatness from his youth in Auckland.

Celebrated Australian-born New Zealand Hollywood director Roger Donaldson is heading up the project to accurately portray the former grand prix winner who founded his own eponymous team in the 1960s.

Along with four grand prix victories through his F1 career, McLaren was responsible for stopping Ferrari’s domination in the Le Mans 24 Hour when he won the twice-around-the-clock classic alongside countryman Chris Amon in a Ford GT40 Mk11 in 1966.

McLaren’s life was tragically cut short in his prime in 1970 when he was testing a Can-Am car at Goodwood at the age of 32.

Donaldson’s body of work includes The Bounty, No Way Out, Cocktail, Species, The World’s Fastest Indian, The Bank Job and Dante’s Peak.

A release date for the McLaren documentary is yet to be confirmed.

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