Fish­ing con­test back­drop for doc­u­men­tary

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Janie Smith Turn to P3

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,”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Fish and phi­los­o­phy: Film di­rec­tor Flo­rian Habicht mixes fish­ing, mu­sic and phi­los­o­phy in his movie Land of the Long White Cloud.

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