Speed Thrills

Speed Thrills is a one-hour documentary that seeks to unravel our cultural fixation with risk and, in particular, speed. New Zealanders are world renown for being speed freaks and adrenalin junkies. In 2003 four people were killed in high-risk leisure activities that involved speed and three of those were in motor sports. In 2003 113 people died on the roads and 2,066 were injured as a result of speed. Now, what is wrong with this picture and why is it that our cars are the most common weapon of choice? With the help of social psychologist Niki Harre, a specialist in risk taking attitudes and behaviour, and interviews with ordinary New Zealanders, we try to get to the bottom of ‘our culture of risk’

Director/Producer Laurie Clarke
Executive Producer Vincent Burke
Duration 1 x 44'
Rights Top Shelf Productions Limited

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