I met emerging filmmaker George Syme hanging with Tom Butland at the Scholastics in Taranaki earlier this year. They were about to release a film and I had seen enough of Tom’s surfing to be curious. Well, more than curious … I knew it was going to be special. It was 99 percent complete, but George wanted some more time in the edit suite to “sort a few things out”.
That last one percent is what makes this a standout film in New Zealand … a nod to Tom’s sometimes raw but always explosive style and filmmaker George’s grasp of story telling. Hit play and be transported to the Taranaki we all know and love.