Fishing contest backdrop for documentary
It’s not often the words “fishing” and “musical” go together, but that’s how director Florian Habicht describes his latest documentary.
Land of the Long White Cloud, which is showing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, was filmed at the Ninety Mile Beach Red Snapper Classic surfcasting competition.
While that accounts for the fishing component, the musical part comes from the impromptu song and dance numbers he asked the fishers to perform.
A number of them were happy to oblige and the footage is included in the 75-minute film.
Mr Habicht spent five days filming at the competition, where about 1000 fishers battled through a storm to get the biggest catch.
But it’s not all just fishing and singing and dancing.
“It’s more about life in general, not just fishing,”
Fish and philosophy: Film director Florian Habicht mixes fishing, music and philosophy in his movie Land of the Long White Cloud.