Director Florian Habicht returns to his Northland home turf to chronicle the annual Snapper Classic Fishing Contest, in this full-length documentary. 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 poetic images, as Habicht teases out homespun philosophy while fishing for answers on love, the afterlife and whether fish have feelings. The soundtrack features 50s style instrumentals from Habicht regular Marc Chesterman, plus singalongs on the sand and at the local pub.
Fishing hard, bro.– One of the competitors
Available to buy and rent from NZ Film On Demand
Closing credits cycling song: 'Hoki Mai', performed by Daphne Walker
Dancing on the beach song: 'Come On and Get Me' performed by the Keil Isles
'Wade in the Water' performed by the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet