Taking Back Our Beach

Taking Back Our Beach

Anton Steel
/ New Zealand
/ 2023
/ 87 mins
/ English
This film is about the response by a community to New Zealand's largest environmental disaster, seen through the eyes of that community. Filmmakers Steel and Liddle Crawford explore the aftermath of the 2011 grounding of the MV Rena on Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty. This disaster not only threatened the iconic coastline and wildlife, but also a way of life treasured by local Maori and Pakeha alike. Despite bureaucracy's floundering response, this disparate community comes together to clean up the devastation. The film captures the shock, anger, grief, moments of humour, and ultimately, positivity arising from people uniting to save their beloved beach.
Q&A with Director Anton Steel & Producer Rosalie Liddle Crawford follows screening on
Sun 28 May @2.15pm | The Capitol Cinema, Auckland
Sun 11 Jun @2.15pm | The Roxy Cinema, Wellington

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Director: Anton Steel
Producer: Anton Steel, Rosalie Liddle Crawford, Claire Rogers
Country: New Zealand
Language: English
Year: 2023
Duration: 87 mins
Premiere: World
Genre: Animals, Environment/Climate Change, Society
Category: Culture & Society, Making an Impact

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