Riding the Wave: The Whale Rider Story
The making of the film Whale Rider.
- Full-Length Film
- Subject Matter
- Women, Culture, Community Portrait
Riding the Wave: The Whale Rider Story is an entertaining documentary which tells how Witi Ihimaera's book became Niki Caro's film, how that film was embraced by New Zealanders and won hearts around the world, and how a movie made in the small settlement of Whangara travelled all the way to the Oscars and beyond.
With new behind-the-scenes footage, in-depth interviews with cast and crew, and exclusive insights into some of the trade secrets and special effects used in the film's production, Riding the Wave is a unique insider's look at the making and success of Whale Rider.
Riding The Wave features interviews with Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, acclaimed director Niki Caro, writer Witi Ihimaera, and producers John Barnett and Tim Sanders.
More About the Film
The filmmakers of Riding the Wave travelled to Whangara, the small settlement where Whale Riderwas filmed, and to San Francisco and Los Angeles where they interviewed influential American critics B. Ruby Rich and Kenneth Turan.
Documentary director Jonathan Brough said, "Riding the Wave is about the fourteen-year journey of this iconic film: the process of making Whale Rider, its national and international success, and the impact that success has had on the film's cast and crew, on Whangara, and on New Zealand."