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Don McGlashan’s anthemic plea for safe harbour — written for his band the Mutton Birds — won him his first APRA Silver Scroll and became a Kiwi classic with a life of its own. It was used in the soundtrack of a short film (Boy), a feature (Perfect Strangers) and given all star treatment by Greenpeace. But TVNZ’s use of it under National Party conference footage was a step too far for McGlashan, who famously took very public offence. Director Fane Flaws places his video in the eye of a mermaid rather than a storm, but plenty of watery perils await.

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 Robyn Gallagher

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BTW, in Perfect Strangers (2003 thriller directed by Gaylene Preston), the film that features "Anchor Me", Don McGlashlan performs the song as part of a band called The Blackouts.



love this always





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Anchor Me features in this film


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Short Film, 2004 (Full Length)

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Another Silver Scroll winner composed by Don McGlashan

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Another APRA Silver Scroll winning song

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Another APRA Silver Scroll winning song


1995 New Zealand Film and Television Awards
Nominated for Best Music Video (Fane Flaws)

1994 APRA Silver Scroll Award (Australasian Performing Right Association)
For Best NZ Songwriting


Made with funding from NZ On Air.