The Defender

The Defender


                                    The Defender
| 54 min
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This documentary is about Bob Diemert of Carman, Manitoba, and his dream of building the world's next great fighter plane. His worldwide reputation as a genius at restoring "warbirds" enables him to finance his dream. The Defender is a lively, sometimes wild and funny, tale about a remarkable, modern-day folk hero.

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Credits
  • director
    Stephen Low
  • script
    Stephen Low
  • producer
    Charles Konowal
  • cinematography
    Charles Konowal
  • executive producer
    Michael Scott
    Ches Yetman
  • sound
    Leon Johnson
    Michael Mirus
  • editing
    Alfonso Peccia
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl
  • narrator
    Cedric Smith
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn

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  • jestlloyd

    Call him what you will, dreamer, oddball, but we should celebrate his ingenuity and grit. Canada needs more folks like him and we should support people like him before we send our money outside our borders

    jestlloyd, 2 Jan 2012
  • Bruff

    It is unfortunate that the film portrays Diemert and sidekick, Chris Ball, as oddballs – which, to a certain extent, they really are. But look at what South Africa came up with 20-plus years after the fact and tell me it doesn’t have ‘Bob Diemert’ written all over it! http://www.firstpost.com/fwire/first-africa-built-military-plane-unveiled-94224.html

    Bruff, 10 Nov 2011
  • whitewolf

    well I enjoyed the film very much, thanks so much for doing it and cudos to Bob Diemert for his drive and expertise good work and well done

    whitewolf, 29 Jul 2010