Three Mile Limit for local director

There is no limit for Tauranga man Craig Newland who has directed and produced a film set to hit the big screens later this year.

Matt Whelan (left) and Elliot Wrightson star in ‘3 Mile Limit' directed by Tauranga man Craig Newland.

Production is underway on his feature length movie ‘3 Mile Limit.' The movie is based on the true story of Radio Hauraki broadcasting from international waters in the 1960s.

Backed by a strong ensemble cast including leading man Matt Whelan, Dan Musgrove, Carl Dixon, and new comers Elliot Wrightson, Jordan Mooney and Dan Cresswell, the movie tells the iconic story of the radio stations history beginning in 1965.

Craig's movie begins by telling the story of Radio Hauraki on a boat called the ‘Tiri' in international waters in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland and the power struggle that developed between government and “free spirited” individuals who set about to bring Rock n' Roll to a nation starved of modern pop music.

“The film's story is set in Auckland however half of New Zealand were able to listen to Radio Hauraki in the 1960's because of its broadcasting position out at sea,” says Craig.

 “As a result the Radio Hauraki story is widely known around the country with baby boomers and older, however this iconic story is told through a young vibrant energetic cast who will introduce the story to a younger generation who are completely oblivious to this watershed time.”

Craig is sure there are many Bay of Plenty people who recall the story and struggle of Radio Hauraki.

“The film has a woman's perspective through Judy the protagonist's wife and the struggle she faces to keep her marriage intact.”

The film is being produced by No.8 Films Ltd and will be in cinemas later this year.

Craig has pieced together an incredibly strong cast lead by Matt Whelan, the winner of the 2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards for Best Supporting Actor Award for popular TV series, Go Girls. Matt Whelan has already two NZ feature films behind him, My Wedding and Other Secrets, and The Most Fun You Can Have Dying.

Whelan is supported by Dan Musgrove who played the leading role in Underbelly NZ.

The screenplay written by Craig and Andrew Gunn (Kiwi Flyer) has been recognised as an international story that will travel beyond the shores of New Zealand by Ed Pressman, the legendary New York based producer who has produced over 75 films including Wall Street starring Michael Douglas, and American Psycho. Ed loaned his support to the film and discussed its universal appeal with Craig.

No.8 Films already have international distributor's interested in the film, after recently attending Cannes film festival last month in France.

For more details about the movie visit the Facebook page here.



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