3 Mile Limit
May 20, 2014
|4:30 PM||AMC Pacific Place 11||Date has passed|
May 25, 2014
|6:00 PM||Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center||Date has passed|
May 28, 2014
|9:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
It’s not easy being a pirate. You have to buy a ship, pay your crew and always be on your toes. Then there’s the matter of buying an illegal radio transmitter, securing a 100-foot antenna, and a recording the latest Rolling Stones singles on reel-to-reel. Such are the travails of New Zealand’s Radio Hauraki, the first “pirate radio station” in the Southern Hemisphere and the basis of writer-director Craig Newland’s debut feature. Matt Whelan plays Richard Davis, a 23-year-old journalist in 1965 who was fed up with listening to “chamber music and horse races” on the conservative, government-controlled radio stations of Auckland while the rest of the Western world was dancing to rock ’n’ roll. Denied a broadcasting license, Davis gathers a group of ragtag DJs, engineers, and salesmen to convert a rust-bucket ship into a floating radio station in the Hauraki Gulf to the east of Auckland, just beyond the country’s three-mile territorial limit. Along the way, the renegade station dodges creditors, evades arrest, strains relationships back on land, and suffers a tragedy, but also gains a huge following. The thrilling true story of Radio Hauraki’s breaking of the New Zealand broadcast monopoly is legendary among baby-boom-age Kiwi rock fans, but Newland’s film introduces the swashbuckling DJs to a whole new generation. This tale of courage, defiance, and perseverance will make you stand up and cheer, and remind you what rock ‘n’ roll is all about.
New Zealand-based writer, director and producer Craig Newland runs a production company called No. 8 Films. After managing radio stations since the age of seventeen, he entered the film industry in 2001 to tell the story of New Zealand’s first private commercial radio network, Radio Hauraki. 3 Mile Limit is Newland’s feature debut, based on his 2008 short of the same name.
Sponsored by Renaissance Seattle Hotel, Silver Platters
|Principal Cast:||Matt Whelan, Belinda Crawley, Daniel Musgrove, David Aston, Elliot Wrightson|
|Running Time:||105 minutes|
|Producer:||Lesa Davis, Craig Newland|
|Screenplay:||Craig Newland, Andrew Gunn|
|Music:||Tom McLeod, Grant McKinnon|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|