A Fish Tale
A Fish Tale is Tony's story of his father Diego, an immigrant to New Zealand, a man blessed and burdened by love and dreams.
Diego loves his son Tony and tries to capture that which has gone - his other great loves - his wife Maria and his homeland.
A stranger in a strange land, he has never fitted into his adopted home.... until one paticularly hot summer when a single perfect orange appears and it seems that anything is possible.
A Fish Tale was filmed in Western Springs, Auckland, in a cluster of small stucco houses that hold a Mediterranean look and are striking for their colour and uniformity and atypical New Zealand feel.
Holland liked their strange ordinariness and the sense that the backs of the houses are secret, lending itself to the idea that within the confines of an ordinary backyard Diego created his own world.
Once shot, the film was digitally colour-treated to enhance the extraordinary nature of events. As Holland explains, the treatment is subtle to keep the ordinariness of style that still allows the magical elements to be accepted easily by the viewer.
2003 - New Zealand Film Festival, Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival