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Settlers Film Club - Will It Fly?

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  • Fri 1 Aug ’14, 8:00pm – 10:00pm


Oratia Settlers Hall, 569 West Coast Rd, Oratia



Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $12.00
  • Senior/Student: $10.00
  • Under 14 yrs with adult: $0.00

You don’t have to be interested in aviation or engineering to enjoy a unique film about a unique project which will be screening at the next film night at the Settlers Hall Oratia on the 1st of August. Director/Cameraman Wayne Johnson will be there to present the film, ‘Will it Fly?’ about West Auckland retired auto engineer Ivan Mudrovich. During his 74 years Ivan has built a lot of things, a house, a boat, race cars, vintage motor cycles, mobility scooters, and worked on New Zealand’s first two challengers for yachting’s ultimate prize The America's Cup.

Ivan’s latest and greatest challenge, to build and fly a Pearse reproduction aircraft. In the early 1900s in a remote rural settlement in New Zealand’s South Island, Richard William Pearse was a reluctant farmer who was determined that he was going to build an aircraft in his farm shed that would fly. The locals, in the surrounding area all thought that Pearse had lost his mind and was totally mad for even thinking he could fly like the birds, and his time better spent just being a good farmer.

But Pearse would not be deterred and set about building his aircraft. His dream was to fly in a heavier than air powered aircraft built with his own hands and powered by 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 and that Pearse never ever actually became airborne.

But to build a hundred year old airplane is the ultimate challenge in Ivan’s life, over the last 7 years he has had to become a forensic engineer to discover the brilliance of Pearse which has helped reproduce the 1903 Pearse aircraft with only some rusty old engine remains and a written description to go on. Filmed over 5 years on location in and around the Oratia valley this film captures the grit and determination of someone who won’t give up, Ivan Mudrovich, as he says, “You can’t beat a man who won’t give up”

If only someone had been around to film the early flights of Pearce’s aircraft, New Zealand could have put the Wright brothers into second place, maybe Ivan’s replica aircraft will go some way to prove it, but, Will it Fly?

“It is a real privilege for us to show the film and a rare chance to meet Wayne Johnson who will be there for a Q & A session afterwards. This will be a one off screening and people are advised to book ahead to make sure of a seat” - Robin Kewell, Film Club Co-ordinator

Admission includes Tea/Coffee and biscuits.

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