New Release Surf Movie – A Deeper Shade of Blue

McCoy shooting underwater footage on his underwater jet ski. This innovative piece of equipment exposes a groundbreaking new vantage to the world.

The new surf movie, A Deeper Shade of Blue just released in New Zealand cinemas this week is screening this Sunday 23rd September at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre in Stewart St. at 8pm

To reserve seats phone 825 0023 or email [email protected]

With A Deeper Shade of Blue, Jack McCoy sets an ambitious agenda telling the story of surfing (from start to finish) in a way that both surfers and non-surfers find compelling. The film paints an inspiring portrait of our relationship with the sea through a diverse cast of characters. We visit professional surfing through the lens of Jamie O’Brien. We see women’s surfing through Steph Gilmore’s eyes. We learn about big-wave riding through the experiences of Shipsterns Bluff charger Marti Paradisis. Each fragment of surf culture has an assigned ambassador, and while McCoy’s selection process is interesting, the spokespersons are essentially interchangeable; none are acutely singular, yet all are authentic.

Jack McCoy uses the evolution of the surfboard as a timeline communicating directly to non-surfers, which is most obviously evidenced by the photography.

McCoy’s underwater footage is mesmerizing. Whatever the cost, his underwater jet ski was worth it. The innovative piece of equipment exposes a groundbreaking new vantage to the world. The sessions documented at Teahupoo and Shipsterns Bluff are equally impressive. Beyond that, A Deeper Shade of Blue may showcase the finest women’s surfing segments to date. Every woman on screen successfully exits at least one 6-Mississippi-barrel. And as beautiful as all of the women featured in the film are, there are no gratuitous bikini shots – just extremely impressive surfing.

A Deeper Shade of Blue also makes a poignant observation three-quarters of the way through the film when the narrator notes that surf culture grew so large in the late ‘60s that “authentically” documenting the experience of surfing became a career. That’s just what Jack did, and his A Deeper Shade of Blue accurately reflects this.

Whaingaroa actor Reiki Ruawai, stars in comedy drama

by Susan Guenther, Raglan Old School Arts Centre

Reiki Ruawai in The Dump
Reiki Ruawai in The Dump

RAFFA nominee, 12 year old Raglan local Reiki Ruawai has been selected for what director Hamish Bennett calls his “awesome” performance in ‘The Dump’. The short film, a comedy/drama, tells the story of a young boy, Utah, and the gradual bond he develops with his estranged dad Orlando, the sole employee at a tiny rural rubbish dump.

Regardless of initial perceptions, Utah eventually works out that his dad is a good man. Rough around the edges with plenty of character, the rubbish dump setting itself, helps to depict the idea that a person’s true nature will ultimately reveal itself.

According to Hamish, Reiki was a natural fit to play Utah. The relationship between a son and his estranged father is a serious topic and had to be told with an authentic voice. A country boy himself, Reiki has a down-to-earth nature, and with dreads, stood out from other child actors.

Reiki’s mother Naomi Tuao, was impressed by how seriously he took his role, “when the camera is rolling he jumps into character straight away…Reiki doesn’t seem to mind how long it takes to shoot scenes…even if it’s late at night or 6am in the morning!” According to Naomi, Reiki loves acting. He finds it an adventure. Reiki also enjoys music, has performed several solo gigs, and does backing vocals in Cornerstone Roots. His strong creative heritage includes his Dad, Brian Ruawai who writes music for films, and his Aunt Maryann Tuao, local Film maker with Groundswell Media, also a RAFFA nominee.

“Raglan is a place that allows you to be creative in many ways, and I think the community has helped him develop these skills by allowing him to be himself” says Naomi.

Reiki’s musical abilities are revealed in Groundswell Media’s short film ‘Journey’ about a day in the Raglan life of the 12 year old Cornerstone Roots band member, also to be screened at the RAFFA ceremony.

The Dump has already received much international exposure with screenings at Dallas, Palm Springs, Montreal and Nevada City. You can see Raglan’s local star Reiki, at the third annual Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA). All nominated short and feature films will be screened at the Red Carpet Awards ceremony at the Old School Arts Centre on Saturday 22nd September commencing at 7 pm. Although all tickets to the Red Carpet night are sold, there is an opportunity to see a selection of the RAFFA nominees on Sunday 23rd at 1.30pm.

Take a look at the 2012 Raglan Film Festival films on our website: or check the What’s On advert in the Raglan Chronicle.

Raglan Film Festival underway- Full House for Te Kumara

Audience watches the delicate moment of a kumara sprout being plucked from the seed bed

The Raglan Film Festival opened on Thursday night to a great start with a full house for the world premiere screening of Te Kumara.

This beautifully crafted documentary about the traditional ways of growing and storing kumara was enthusiastically received by the audience. Produced by Whaingaroa’s own Te Mauri Tau it covers the path of the kumara from the seed bed to the storage pit.

After Arts Council Chairperson Rodger Gallagher welcomed the audience to the 3rd Raglan Film Festival, kaumatua Sean Ellison blessed the Film Festival and the screening.  Ruth Port then introduced Tuihana Bosch who explained the making of the film and its purpose.  Many people stayed on after the screening for a discussion.

Te Kumara is produced in te reo Maori with English subtitles. It is a nominee in this year’s Raglan Arts Film Festival Awards (RAFFA). A longer version entirely in Te Reo has also been produced. The documentary will be used as part of the Enviroschools programme through New Zealand.