Hook, Line & Sinker is the latest feature from Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader, the writing/directing partnership
behind the critically acclaimed micro-budget feature Taking the Waewae Express. Developed using the improvisational
methods of British director Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies), it boasts a terrific ensemble cast of actors - among them
Geraldine Brophy (Second Hand Wedding), Carmel McGlone (Chapman Tripp Best Actress winner), Rangimoana Taylor
(Waewae Express), Matthew Chamberlain (In My Father's Den) and with a guest appearance by Dame Kate Harcourt.
Shot on the Wellington south coast, it had a 14 week New Zealand-wide theatrical release in 2011 in fifty cinemas.
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"The special nature of all ‘story art', is the creative force and its drive for expression. This is a more potent and enduring motivation than money, fame or
power. The creative force fuels the filmmaker and a glorious array of individuals - who sometimes make a family, who sometimes make magic under
seemingly impossible circumstances in order to tell a story. When the urge is loose and running through the veins, you are caught, hook, line and sinker."
PJ (Rangimoana Taylor) is a truckdriver with a workingman's pride in his
job. His partner Ronnie (Carmel McGlone), her two kids bordering on
adulthood, singing at the local pub and fishing with his best mate Jono
(KC Kelly), form the backbone of his modest existence. But when he
fails a mandatory eye test and loses his driving licence, PJ's life unravels.
In the face of his imminent future as a blind man, the ever pragmatic
Ronnie upscales her wedding dress business with the help of her
ambitious older sister Bernadette (Geraldine Brophy) to become the
breadwinner of the family. But PJ, refusing to accept the loss of his sight
and unable to cope with the rapidly altering family dynamics, takes
everyone on a tumultuous emotional journey to the very edge until, with
Ronnie's help, he is willing to accept a new place for himself in the world.