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Spindrift Short Film (Full Length) – 1968 Drama

Spindrift

Short Film (Full Length) – 1968 Drama

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Auckland is known as the City of Sails and each Anniversary Day, the Waitemata Harbour hosts the world’s largest one-day regatta. The culture of yachting on the Hauraki Gulf gets full-blown homage in this 1968 National Film Unit film. The short documentary sets up sailing as a way to escape the bustle of the city, and follows the tacks and jibes of a race — “The hum of straining rigging, the sting of flying spray on the lips … the feeling that only a yachtie knows as his craft lifts and surges.” The narration is by Tim Eliott, who had recently helped found Wellington's Downstage Theatre. 

Key Cast & Crew

Kell Fowler

Camera

Michael G Ryan

Editor, Writer, Director

Lynton Diggle

Camera

To Auckland yachties the waters of the Hauraki Gulf are as moody as any woman, and just as fascinating: always changing, never the same.
– Narrator Tim Eliott