The film, 3 Mile Limit, is due for release in NZ on March 6th 2014. It’s produced and directed by Craig Newland in association with No.8 Films.
“To win best international feature film in Washington DC is a real honour and such a thrill for not only me but for my amazing cast and crew. We had the NZ premiere last Thursday, which was an awesome night of celebration at the Civic theatre, over 2000 people turned up to watch the film and make it a special night. It seems international film festivals are reacting strongly to the Radio Hauraki untold true story, and I hope people support the film on opening weekend here at home on March 6.” Newland said.
3 Mile Limit also won the Fargo International Film Festival for Best Feature Film and has been selected into competition by 10 international film festivals. NZ audiences get their turn on March 6.
3 Mile Limit is an iconic New Zealand true story based on the 1960’s beginnings of Radio Hauraki on a boat called the TIRI in international waters in the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland.
It’s 1965 and rock music is shaking up the world but not in New Zealand. Richard Davis is a 23yr old journalist by day, but at night manages a local band called ‘The Yellow Sprockets’. He is determined to break the government’s monopoly on state broadcasting and bring rock n’ roll and free speech to an oppressed younger generation, and at the same time hold onto the woman he loves.
A power struggle develops between the government and these free spirited individuals who set out to change a system that starved a nation of modern pop music.
Director Craig Newland has pieced together a strong cast, which includes leading man Matt Whelan, (My Wedding and Other Secrets, and The Most Fun You Can Have Dying) who is supported by Dan Musgrove (Underbelly) and David Aston (Lord of The Rings, Underworld, The Matrix) as the Broadcasting Minister.
The screenplay written by Craig Newland and Andrew Gunn was recognised early as an international story that will travel beyond the shores of New Zealand by Ed Pressman, the legendary New York based producer (Wall Street starring Michael Douglas, and American Psycho) who loaned his support to the film and believed in its universal appeal.