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Filming Commences on World's Fastest Indian

Filming Commences on World's Fastest Indian

Filming is underway for what promises to be another exciting NZ film, says Acting Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Judith Tizard.

Written and directed by New Zealander Roger Donaldson, The World's Fastest Indian will star Academy Award-winner, Anthony Hopkins as New Zealand motorcycle legend Burt Munro.

The film is being financed by the New Zealand Film Production Fund, the New Zealand Film Commission and Tokyo-based OLC/ Rights Entertainment.

Filming has begun at the site of Munro’s record-breaking motorcycle feat in Utah, and will soon move to New Zealand to complete an 11-week shoot. Burt Munro came from Invercargill and in the 1960s set world speed records on an Indian motorbike.

Judith Tizard says the commencement of filming is yet another boost for an already buoyant New Zealand film industry.

"Film has become an increasingly important industry for New Zealand. As well as delivering important economic benefits, it provides a great forum for sharing our stories and heritage with the world."

Judith Tizard says Whale Rider and In My Father's Den are recent examples of films that have won international acclaim and which demonstrate the strength of New Zealand storytelling.

"The success of these films shows that we're finally getting over our cultural cringe and recognising we have something important and compelling to say to the world."

Judith Tizard said The World's Fastest Indian was an inspirational story of an iconic New Zealander, which promised to be compelling viewing.

The film is Roger Donaldson’s first in New Zealand since embarking on a successful 20-year career in Hollywood.

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