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In the early 1900s in a remote rural settlement in New Zealand?s South Island, Richard William Pearse a reluctant farmer, was determined to build an aircraft in his farm shed that would ... See full summary
In the early 1900s in a remote rural settlement in New Zealand?s South Island, Richard William Pearse a reluctant farmer, was determined to build an aircraft in his farm shed that would fly.His dream was to fly in a heavier than air, aircraft built by his with his own designed engine and airframe. On March 31st 1903 at Wiatohi in South Canterbury, many witnesses say they saw that first flight by Pearse, but to this day no physical proof exists that he flew or even got his aircraft off the ground. Speculation is that the Pearse story is complete fiction and now the product of modern day urban myth. It?s now Ivan Mudrovcich's s dream 109 years later to build a Pearse Aircraft to silence the critics, with his attempt to build and fly a Pearse reproduction aircraft. We follow Ivan's journey over time to see... WILL IT FLY ?

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    • Author: Pad
    It's one of our country's great mysteries: did a South Canterbury farmer achieve flight months before acknowledged aviation pioneers the Wright brothers in 1903? While some eyewitness testimonies claim they saw Richard Pearse's gasoline- powered experimental aircraft leave the ground, no physical proof exists.

    More than a century on and two attempts at building replicas have failed to end the debate, but now one West Auckland septuagenarian is determined to show once and for all Pearse was ahead of his time. Using just the Waitohi inventor's patent descriptions and letters, retired tradesman Ivan Mudrovcich has spent the last decade researching and building something as close to what Pearse did as he can.

    For the last five years, his progress and setbacks have been documented by cameraman Wayne Johnson who has created a charming, if slightly overlong, portrait of Kiwi ingenuity.

    It's easy to see what attracted Johnson to the story. Not only is there the long-running Pearse saga, but also the intrigue of whether Mudrovcich can get his own aircraft off the tarmac.

    A plain-speaking Kiwi bloke , Mudrovcich is a terrific subject because of his humility and candour, as well as his creativity. There's something about him that makes you just want his design to ultimately work.

    The clever use of Beethoven's Symphony No 7, archival news footage (including a 1972 NZBC report fronted by a young David McPhail) and more than a touch of time-lapse belie the documentary's shoestring budget and clearly prove that this is a labour of love about a labour of love.
  • Credited cast:
    Hayley Rudolph Hayley Rudolph - Reagan Flores
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