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Short Film (Full Length) – 2003

"What goes on at sea, stays at sea" mutters the ship's cook in Adam Stevens' offbeat tale, which was nominated for Best Short at the Berlin Film Festival. A commercial fishing trip takes a fantastic turn when the crew net an unusual creature (Cherie James). Stevens mixes 'interviews' with straight narrative, to create a "real account of a fictitious event through the eyes of the crew and their immediate family members". Sensitive crewman Nigel (a cherubic Jeremy Randerson) strives to protect Delores as his hardened co-workers wrestle with ideas of cashing in, killing or releasing their incredible catch.

Money in the bank, that's what she was, money in the bank...
– Ship engineer Gary Noonan (Ross Buckingham) rues what might have been

Key Cast & Crew

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Tim Gordon

As: Alan Stephens (the Skipper)

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Jeremy Randerson

As: Nigel Larkin

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David Mackie

As: Randal 'Fishbin' Gallop

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Adam Stevens

Director, Writer

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Steve 'Devo' Tate

As: Murray 'Muz' Dugmore

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Stephen Latty


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Produced by

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Robber's Dog Films


Made with funding from the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission

In loving memory of Andrew Kovacevich


Closing credits song 'Don't Drown So Easily' written by Peter van der Fluit & Michael O'Neill