The World’s Fastest Indian

We recently gathered with a couple hundred Kiwis on a gorgeous summer evening on a hill in a park to listen to some live music and take in the New Zealand film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” under the stars.

Entertaining us with their musical talents was the indie band Collapsing Cities, a band whose members are all Kiwis, but are now based out of Britain.  I have to say, I quite enjoyed Collapsing Cities, and invite you to check them out.

As the sky dimmed and the stars began to emerge in the sky, the feature presentation began to roll.

“The World’s Fastest Indian” is a true story about New Zealander Burt Munro (played by Anthony Hopkins), a motorcycle, and the realization of dreams.  Need we say more?  In the film, Burt Munro travels to the other side of the world to set a new land-speed record with his Indian motorcycle.  Finding himself in a strange new land, the adjustments Munro must make upon arrival in America were well understood and empathized with, having recently been through the process of learning to drive on the other side of the road and living life in a foreign place.  Enchanting and heartwarming, with its delightful Kiwi flavor, it is a film we would both recommend watching, should you ever get the chance.

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4 thoughts on “The World’s Fastest Indian

  1. Oh someday, my Sister! There is a series of these events that go on all summer. I think they end sometime in March though… bummer, I know… I would have loved to take you to one! But I’m sure there will be some other sweet events going on when you come!

  2. Other great Kiwi films for you to check out: Whale Rider, In My Father’s Den and We Once Were Warriors. If you’re interested in Kiwi literature: Mister Pip and The Bone People.

    Great country for the arts!

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