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The Leading Edge

Film (Full Length) – 1987

PG
Parental Guidance

The Leading Edge was Michael Firth's follow-up to his 1977 Oscar-nominated ski documentary Off the Edge, only this time with a plot and scripted dialogue. Canadian Matt hitches from Auckland to meet a bunch of Kiwi extreme thrill-seekers at a southern ski field. They throw themselves off volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and into an Iron Man with "get more go" abandon. Cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh's first feature shoot — "I was relatively cheap and I could ski" — is notable for its action sequences (set to a 1980s pop soundtrack) and a cameo by Billy T James as a mad pilot.   

The prospectus for the movie offered 1100 investment units at $1000 (each) and it was quickly over-subscribed. ... Also formed was a special partnership to market the music from the film...
– Article in Tempo magazine, 28 August 1987

Produced by

Southern Light Films

Acknowledgements

Funded with assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission.

Music

Original music composed by Mike Farrell.

Soundtrack includes song 'Fight the Power', composed by Tom Whitlock and sung by Chris Thompson (ex Manfred Mann's Earrth Band)

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