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27th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

8 – 15 OCT 2022

Kiwi Flyer


Original title: Kiwi Flyer
German title: Kiwiflitzer
89 min
Children´s Film
2012
2012
New Zealand
from 11 years
2012 | German Premiere
Direction: Tony Simpson
Script: Tony Simpson, Andrew Gunn
Cast: Tandi Wright, Vince Martin, Dai Henwood, Edward Hall, Tikirau Hathaway

SCHLINGEL Year

2012 | Children´s Film


Additional Information
Camera
David Paul
Cut
Paul Maxwell
Music
Don McGlashan
Production
Kiwi Flyer Productions Limited

The Nelson Trolley Soapbox Derby is the acclaimed annual highlight in the life of the small New Zealand town of Nelson. For twelve months, the children, their parents and classmates build their adventurous companions. Also twelve year-old Ben plunges himself into the preparations with great fervour. This year again a member of his family is to participate in the race after his father could not continue his grandfather’s long winning streak. Now Dad retreats to the shed under the strictest observance of secrecy, where he works with devotion on developing a new design, the Kiwi Flyer, which is to bring about the turn. But all dreams come to an abrupt end when his father dies in an accident. Only one year later, the small family finds the strength to return to normality again, and Ben decides to honour the memory of his father, who is vilified by his classmates as a “loser”, with a victory at the next derby. However, he must go to work secretly because his mother categorically refuses a participation in the race. The first design, which Ben can complete with the help of his friend Jeff, is destroyed by his major competitor in the trial race. Ben almost wants to give up when his mother remembers the model his father began to construct shortly before his death. Her love and trust encourage Ben in his resolution to come out of this race as the winner.