Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Tune in for tale of pirates - Radio Hauraki

The New Zealand Herald
By Barney McDonald
March 2, 2014
With radio stations in New Zealand falling over one another to out-shock, out-trash and out-rate each other, it's nice to remember that once upon a time it wasn't like that. No, I'm not talking about a century ago, before the advent of broadcast radio. I'm referring to the glory days of Radio Hauraki, when a bunch of hard case larrikins took the bull by the horns and launched a pirate radio station to play rock'n'roll instead of state radio's easy-listening pulp.

A new feature film, 3 Mile Limit, by first-time director Craig Newland, celebrates the unlikely heroes of Hauraki, depicting the genesis of a crazy idea and the antics that ensured it didn't just remain on the mixing board or get washed out to sea. On a broader scale, it's a joyful "kicking against the pricks" , "she' ll be right, mate", "number eight wire", "all for one, one for all" tale of triumph over mediocrity. But at its heart, "3 Mile Limit" is about the lengths Richard Davis (Matt Whelan) will go to establish his illegal station and the limits of his wife Judy's (Belinda Crawley) patience as he drives them out of house and home to fund his dream.

Full story: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/movies/news/article.cfm?c_id=200&objectid=11213008

(via Mike Terry, radioanoraksuk Yahoo group)

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