Gliding On meets Borat, as a fisherman from a fictional town (Peter Fyfe) heads to Wellington to find out if any government agency will take action about fish he says are dying in his river. Clad in jacket and tie and walk shorts and walk socks, he traipses the corridors of power which are artfully shot to look like a hell from which he will never escape. His attempts to find someone who can take action yield only a succession of impotent bureaucrats who participate happily but only to explain, often at length, why they can’t actually do anything. Director Tony Williams won a Feltex Award — for Best Documentary.
Of all the phobias that inflict mankind, I suppose the most frustrating is the fear of making decisions.– Voice-over
Produced for the NZ Broadcasting Corporation by Pacific Films
Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata