Trailer for The Rising Gale, which screened at five bore and river sites across the Hutt Valley from 25 February to 4 March 2017, as part of the Common Ground: Hutt Public Art Festival.
Shot by a drone, working with Hutt drone flight school RPA Skills Ltd, The Rising Gale maps a path from the aquifer in Taita to Matiu / Somes Island, flying over the water in real time, filmed with artist and crew following the drone in pursuit by motorbike and boat. “The film provides a way for the community to talk about its river. The riverbed becomes like a wavelength. It gives a beat, a frame within which the community may contribute,” says Hewitt.
Previous screenings (2017)
Saturday 25 February 9pm: Nash Street, Taita. With Taita College Poly Choir
Sunday 26 February 7pm: GNS Science, 1 Fairway Drive, Avalon. With Writers Gem Wilder, Damien Wilkins and Helen Heath
Thursday 2 March 8.30pm: Gear Island Water Treatment Plant, Hutt River End, Jackson Street, Petone. With Sound Artist Jason Wright. Bookings essential places limited: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 3 March 5-6pm: Waterloo Railway Station With Hutt Valley Community Choir.
Saturday 4 March 9pm: City riverbank, Melling Street Bridge. With Ssendam Rawkustra and Mixmusicmania.