Land of the Long White Cloud

Land of the Long White Cloud

Land of the Long White Cloud

Florian Habicht describes his latest exposé of the recreational habits of Northlanders as a ‘sequel of sorts’ to his classic Kaikohe Demolition. Claimed to be the largest surfcasting event in the world, the annual Ninety Mile Beach Red Snapper Classic attracts hundreds of anglers for five days every February to compete for prizes in excess of $250,000, with the biggest snapper taking out a serious $50,000. Habicht joins them, camera in hand, full of questions about what they might be thinking as they engage in this elemental and apparently very relaxing pursuit. How will they spend the prize money? Do they believe in an afterlife? Habicht relishes the individual flavour of every frank response. There are interludes of boisterous carousing, grueling scenes of snapper passion, and long and lovely shots of the long and lovely beach. The amiable atmosphere of tolerance and unpretentious philosophising is so salty and true and rousing that you could bottle it, call it Kiwiade, and sell it by the crateload to homesick expatriates. [source: New Zealand Film Festival 2009]

2009Rating: M75 minsNew Zealand
Documentary
Director:
Florian Habicht ('Woodenhead', 'Kaikohe Demolition', 'Rubbings from a Live Man')
Cast:
Ossie PerrieShane StoreyWiremu HenareHeather Hales

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Reviews & comments

Review

Pure NZ film. Beautiful, almost edible shots. Made me feel like I had been on holiday. Kiwiana brilliance.

5.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Enchanting if occasionally unfocused.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

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It’s a gentle delight this film, as Habicht’s subjects wax lyrical on everything from fishing to politics and the media.

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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An acute sense of Kiwi identity that brings both a smile and a tear... Habicht captures, without fuss or pretension, the elemental and surreal qualities of the seascape while evoking something that's quintessentially New Zealand...

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Enchanting if occasionally unfocused.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

It’s a gentle delight this film, as Habicht’s subjects wax lyrical on everything from fishing to politics and the media.

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

An acute sense of Kiwi identity that brings both a smile and a tear... Habicht captures, without fuss or pretension, the elemental and surreal qualities of the seascape while evoking something that's quintessentially New Zealand...

Review

Pure NZ film. Beautiful, almost edible shots. Made me feel like I had been on holiday. Kiwiana brilliance.

5.0