3 Mile Limit

3 Mile Limit

3 Mile Limit

True story about the rise of Radio Hauraki in mid-'60s New Zealand. In an effort to break the government's state broadcasting monopoly and bring rock n' roll to the young Kiwi masses, a group of rebel DJs set out on a boat named Tiri and broadcast from international waters. Stars Matt Whelan (The Most Fun You Can Have Dying) as a 23-year-old journalist/band manager responsible for leading the revolt. 

Richard Davis (Whelan) works the local music beat for an Auckland newspaper, which sounds great but is more about covering recitals than his beloved rock n' roll. Desperate to get the songs of the Yellow Sprockets, the band he manages, on the airwaves, Davis relentlessly pitches their record to broadcasters and petitions the Broadcasting Minister for a license. When these efforts prove unsuccessful, he's forced to draw upon Kiwi ingenuity and a cunning semi-legal plan to provide the forbidden sounds of rock n' roll to Auckland listeners by sailing a radio-equipped ship out of territorial waters and beyond the reach of the law. This dangerous endeavour gives birth to Radio Hauraki but also brings Davis into direct confrontation with the New Zealand government and facing dangerous situations that will eventually prove deadly...

2014105 minsNew Zealand
DramaTrue Story & Biography
85%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

The birth of Radio Hauraki nearly 50 years ago on a boat in the Hauraki Gulf is part of New Zealand broadcasting and music folklore, but with rock n’ roll having been successfully commodified by The Man since then, it’s easy to forget just how strongly the odds were stacked against this bunch of pirates getting on air.

3.0

Awesome film I loved it.

Great characters, loved it. Moving, enjoyable action drama with a good bit of romance.

5.0

That sinking feeling

I remember how bad TWO LITTLE BOYS was and being pleased that FLICKS, rather than tugging the patriotic Kiwi line of just praising blindly anything shot here, were brave and honest enough just to tell it like it was. Well, deja vu - because THREE MILE LIMIT is a great true story, poorly produced and badly told. We make some great films here in God's Own -...

2.0

Kiwi Battler

There's beautiful moments all the way through this film. Lots of little details that give it a real cool indie feel. The costumes and art direction are a treat. The music is cool. They've invented a little band called The Yellow Sprockets, a cool way of getting around the fact that Beatles royalties would literally cost millions. Although they have changed...

5.0

Some boats rock, this one sank

I'm sure there's an interesting story about the forming of Radio Haraki somewhere, but it wasn't in this film. Both plodding & wooden the fact that events were changed to make it more exciting is truly damning. Not so much boring as blah... Sort of like a slow day at work when you realise you've been staring at your computer for 2 hours without doing...

A solid Kiwi Feature Film

While certain aspects of the true story have been changed (character names, chronology of events) and other parts have been spruced up for dramatic effect, the essence of the classic NZ true story of Radio Hauraki's birth comes to life in this fun, well-paced adventure. A fairly tight script, good direction and a solid cast, led wonderfully by Matt Whelan...

4.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

You end up with a film that neither honours history nor compellingly adapts it. It's a missed opportunity.

3.0
Huffington Post

Huffington Post

press

A brilliant New Zealand film.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

A David vs. Goliath story... one of the more clever origin stories coming at ya from down under.

Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

But without credible dialogue, better drawn characters, and a bit more confidence and swagger in the directors' chair, it was never going to be enough.

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

The birth of Radio Hauraki nearly 50 years ago on a boat in the Hauraki Gulf is part of New Zealand broadcasting and music folklore, but with rock n’ roll having been successfully commodified by The Man since then, it’s easy to forget just how strongly the odds were stacked against this bunch of pirates getting on air.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

You end up with a film that neither honours history nor compellingly adapts it. It's a missed opportunity.

3.0
Huffington Post

Huffington Post

press

A brilliant New Zealand film.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

A David vs. Goliath story... one of the more clever origin stories coming at ya from down under.

Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

But without credible dialogue, better drawn characters, and a bit more confidence and swagger in the directors' chair, it was never going to be enough.

Awesome film I loved it.

Great characters, loved it. Moving, enjoyable action drama with a good bit of romance.

5.0

That sinking feeling

I remember how bad TWO LITTLE BOYS was and being pleased that FLICKS, rather than tugging the patriotic Kiwi line of just praising blindly anything shot here, were brave and honest enough just to tell it like it was. Well, deja vu - because THREE MILE LIMIT is a great true story, poorly produced and badly told. We make some great films here in God's Own -...

2.0

Kiwi Battler

There's beautiful moments all the way through this film. Lots of little details that give it a real cool indie feel. The costumes and art direction are a treat. The music is cool. They've invented a little band called The Yellow Sprockets, a cool way of getting around the fact that Beatles royalties would literally cost millions. Although they have...

5.0

Some boats rock, this one sank

I'm sure there's an interesting story about the forming of Radio Haraki somewhere, but it wasn't in this film. Both plodding & wooden the fact that events were changed to make it more exciting is truly damning. Not so much boring as blah... Sort of like a slow day at work when you realise you've been staring at your computer for 2 hours without doing...

A solid Kiwi Feature Film

While certain aspects of the true story have been changed (character names, chronology of events) and other parts have been spruced up for dramatic effect, the essence of the classic NZ true story of Radio Hauraki's birth comes to life in this fun, well-paced adventure. A fairly tight script, good direction and a solid cast, led wonderfully by Matt Whelan...

4.0