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3 Mile Limit

New Zealand | 2014 | 105 minutes | Craig Newland

It's 1965 and the world is going bonkers over rock ā€™nā€™ roll. Unfortunately for Richard Davis, the New Zealand government, which controls the airwaves, want nothing to do with it, so he and his mates decide to do it themselves. Based on the unbelievable and inspiring true story of pirate radio Radio Hauraki.

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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.

Director Biography

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

Director: Craig Newland
Principal Cast: Matt Whelan, Belinda Crawley, Daniel Musgrove, David Aston, Elliot Wrightson
Country: New Zealand
Year: 2014
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Lesa Davis, Craig Newland
Screenplay: Craig Newland, Andrew Gunn
Cinematographers: D.J Stipsen
Editors: Jonathan Woodford-Robinson
Music: Tom McLeod, Grant McKinnon
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
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