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Florian Habicht returns to Northland (home surf and turf and Kaikohe Demolition territory) to chronicle the annual Red Snapper Classic fishing competition. The first prize is $50,000 but the participants chase the joy of the cast as much as the purse. The solitary figures on the epic sweep of Ninety Mile Beach provide striking images, while Habicht teases out their innermost thoughts and some fine homespun philosophy. A 50s era soundtrack is an apt match while the closing underwater sequences are a stunning counterpoint to the anglers' endeavours. 

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 Florian Habicht
 Ray Beentjes

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Comments (2)

 Mick Elmmes

Mick Elmmes

Helene Wong said it "Will touch any Kiwi to the core" and I'd endorse that.

 Paul King

Paul King

'Just seen this on Rialto. It certainly has had a profound effect but not one that makes me comfortable. I was surprized it was made in 2009. I reminded me of being in the North West of Ireland about 25 years ago. Isolated and strangely un-calm. Excellent piece of work.

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Quotes

Fishing hard, bro. 
A fish only thinks about eating, reproduction and staying alive. A bit like the kiwi male, probably. 
The impossibly wide beach, stretching away forever, with its human figures in long shot against curling surf, misty spray and changing cloud forms, is an ideal setting for meditating on the big questions of life.