I’ve just spent the last couple of days rescuing one of my old films from dusty neglect. Catching The Tide: Sam Hunts Cook Strait is available to view for free at NZScreen but frankly, the video quality is pretty poor.
I’ve now got my hands on a much better master tape. Still not primo, but comparitively good. Using that I have authored a new DVD, and will also look at putting free clips up on Vimeo, plus VOD streaming for modest cost.
This film will appeal to fans of landscape and poetry. Sam Hunt is New Zealand’s best known poet. He is a natural raconteur, and his genial interactions with various denizens of NZ’s wildest stretch of water provide an informative and entertaining guide to the spirit of a unique place.
Catching The Tide was made for TV in 1988. Many of the people featured in the film have since passed away, but it’s remarkable how little in it has dated. Not sure what that says about my film making. Ha ha. Perhaps there is an upside to being hopelessly unfashionable!