Muster beau­ti­fully por­trayed

The Southland Times - - Unwind -

NOLAN COUN­TRY: THE ANZAC MUSTER by Dave Asher and Dave McCar­lie South Coast Pro­duc­tions RRP: $35 Re­viewed by Nathan Bur­don

THE in­ge­nu­ity of New Zealand’s mus­ter­ers has been beau­ti­fully por­trayed in the latest of­fer­ing from South Coast Pro­duc­tions — Nolan Coun­try: The Anzac Muster. South­land film-maker Dave Asher and Dave McCar­lie tell the story of the Nolan fam­ily muster in the spec­tac­u­lar Awawhata Val­ley in South West­land.

As it has been for more than a cen­tury, the an­nual cat­tle muster cen­tres around the horse and dogs, but mod­ern tech­nol­ogy has seen the jet­boat and he­li­copter used to good ef­fect.

The Robin­son he­li­copter also proved vi­tal in putting to­gether the stun­ning, sweep­ing shots of the area, cam­era­man McCar­lie said.

‘‘I only had to get on one of those four legged dog tucker ma­chines once. I’d rid­den a bit but it was a long time ago and it re­ally wasn’t the place to be do­ing it.’’

The ac­cess pro­vided by the Nolan fam­ily had been su­perb and the film-mak­ers had worked hard to stay ahead of the muster and en­sure they did not spook the wild cat­tle, McCar­lie said.

‘‘A lot of the shots through the trees and that, we’ve gone in front and then moved well out of the way be­cause they are all wild cat­tle. It re­quired a lot of think­ing. Try­ing not to get in the way of peo­ple was pretty im­por­tant. The calves ba­si­cally haven’t seen any­one and you be­come very un­pop­u­lar very quickly if you get in the way.’’

Some of the best scenes in the 55min DVD come around the camp­fire with the likes of run-holder John Nolan hold­ing court.

‘‘A lot of it is through Dave Asher. Dave has known the peo­ple on the West Coast for a long time, with­out his prior knowl­edge and his ac­cep­tance amongst peo­ple on the coast you just wouldn’t be able to get that story,’’ McCar­lie said.

McCar­lie and Asher put the Nolan muster story to­gether while also work­ing on the high def­i­ni­tion au­dio vis­ual dis­play for the River­ton Her­itage Mu­seum, which meant a de­mand­ing time of the pro­duc­tion team.

They have also re-re­leased three pre­vi­ous sto­ries on the veni­son in­dus­try as a boxed set and plan to look more closely at the tale of the Wapiti.

NolanCoun­try is avail­able from CRT and H & J Smiths and most hunt­ing and sports shops.

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