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Raglan by the Sea Television – 1987 Documentary

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Gary McCormick goes west to Raglan, to ask "What goes on here? Why do people live here? What do they do?". To find out he goes surfing on the famous left-hand point break, hangs with hippies, catches Midge Marsden and the Mudsharks at the Harbour View Hotel, and discusses land rights with kaumatua Sam Kereopa. The recipe — McCormick as genial small town anthropologist discovering the locals — earned the documentary a 1989 LIFTA award, and inspired long-running series Heartland. Dave McArtney composed the soundtrack; Finola Dwyer (An Education) produces.

I’ve always been fascinated by small New Zealand towns, and in the course of my work over the years I’ve been to quite a few of them.
– Gary McCormick reflects on his heartland journey

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Mirage Films

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Soundtrack composed by Dave McArtney.

Includes music by Midge Marsden and the Mudsharks, and saxophonist Clarry Cresswell