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Chasing Great

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 2016


Nominated for three Moa Awards, this documentary follows All Black Richie McCaw on his 2015 quest to become the first skipper to defend the World Cup. Directors Justin Pemberton (The Golden Hour) and Michelle Walshe were given major access to create a portrait of McCaw — who admits to craving the pressure — and chronicle the psychology of achievement in sport. McCaw got involved as a chance to "inspire some young kids", arguably ending his policy of keeping "the private stuff private". The film's first day in cinemas set a record for a local documentary; it became Aotearoa's highest grossing big screen doco. 

You get into habits of working hard. You get into habits of setting your sights pretty high — because that's what I've done for so long. Now part of me really craves that pressure. But another part of me realises it'd be nice one day not to have that.
– Richie McCaw

Produced by

Logo for Augusto



Made with the assistance of the Screen Production Grant

Financed in assocation with Kiwibank


Closing credits song 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' by Tears for Fears, performed by Lorde