Feature film The Catch follows Scotsman Brian (Nicol Munro) – a hard up builder under pressure from his ex – and his mate Wiremu (Billy’s Tainui Tukiwaho). The two vie for a $50,000 kitty in a Kaipara fishing contest. A potentially prize-winning snapper bites the hook, only it is three days early. Inspired by a true story, The Catch was written by Glenn Wood and directed by advertising veteran Simon Mark-Brown, who billed it as a "comedic eco-drama". The self-funded film was shot over 11 days with the help of locals; it debuted in New Zealand cinemas in summer of 2017.
The Catch is the best fishing film I've ever seen. In fact, it's the only one I've ever seen.– Musician Tim Finn
Released on DVD on 19 April 2017
World premiere on 4 January 2017 at Auckland's Bridgeway Cinema
Songs by Greg Johnson