Not only is Rangi’s Catch one of the best children’s films ever made, it is grand entertainment for people of all ages. This film ranks, with the world’s best children’s productions.
Rangi’s Catch, United Kingdom, 1973
Production co: The Children’s Film & Television Foundation
Director/producer/writer: Michael Forlong
Production manager: Hugh Harlow
Director of photography: William Jordan
Camera assistant: Bayly Watson
Sound: William Howell
Sound recordists: Phil Sanderson, Tony Anscombe, Harry Fairbairn
Music composer: David Palmer
Editor: Reginald Becker
With: Temuera Morrison (Rangi), Andrew Kerr (John), Vernon Hill (Hemi), Kate Forlong (Jane), Ian Mune (Jake), Michael Woolf (Bill)
Also featuring: Christine Eltham, Peter Vere-Jones, Peter Harcourt, Harry Lavington, Don Selwyn
35mm, 93 minutes, G
Two escaped convicts attract the attention of John and Jane Murray and their friends Rangi and Hemi after stealing clothes from the Murray's remote sheep farm. The children track the crooks down through Picton, Wellington, Waitomo, the Wanganui River and Rotorua.
Suddenly the pursuit of adventure begins. A captivating story of visual excitement for the whole family. Filmed in breathtaking colour amidst the scenic splendour of New Zealand.
“Not only is Rangi’s Catch one of the best children’s films ever made, it is grand entertainment for people of all ages. This film ranks, with the world’s best children’s productions.” — Catherine de la Roche, The Dominion
“Michael Woolf and Ian mune, who carry the major load, keep their bumbling efforts just on the right side of slapstick… the children are excellent. Obviously, somebody has a knack for casting and the director has obtained completely natural performances form the quartet.” — Clive Costello
“Rangi’s Catch, the film currently screening at the St. James, is a colour production made in New Zealand for showing on British television as a children’s serial. It was produced by Michael Forlong, formerly of the National Film Unit, for a British Company, and had its world premiere as a feature film last Saturday. The story of a group of children in pursuit of two escaped robbers, the film moves from Marlborough Sounds to Rotorua and manages to cover much ground in short time! For the children there is plenty of excitement, culminating in a chase through the Rotorua thermal area among the hazardous geysers and boiling mud pools – the kind of action they delight in. The cast includes both well known and lesser known faces, and for the acting profession as well as the country in general, the film is something of a milestone – and we should gain plenty of tourist publicity from it!” — The Evening Post, August 16, 1973
Screenings: Rangi's Catch screened on 2 April 2009; on 9 April 2008 as part of the Features for Kids season; and on 31 August 2005 as part of 'Rarely Seen, But Important (& Pleasurable)', selection by x-Film Commission marketing chief, Lindsay Shelton