Sixteen year old Ricky lives in a small fishing village with his parents. He dreams of leaving the town but is hindered by his father’s expectations to follow in his footsteps. Ricky meets Telly, an older local girl who encourages him to sneak out of his house and escape into the night. Hidden by the thick fog that has descended over the village they steal Ricky’s fathers fishing boat and head out into the harbour. That night, Ricky loses his virginity. They wake the next morning, the fog has lifted and Ricky can see his father on the shoreline. Ricky is now a young man, but is he ready to face his father?
Director’s Notes - Peter Salmon
"At its heart Fog is a simple coming of age story capturing the simple moments when a boy becomes a man. Fog follows a teenage boy desperate to separate himself from his father to be free to explore life and his dawning sexuality. There is universality to the story that all audiences will understand.
Fog was almost entirely shot on location in Ngawi, a remote New Zealand fishing village a few hours’ drive from Wellington City. Ngawi was chosen for its unique landscape, soaring cliff faces and wild coastline. A sense of the main characters being trapped in a tiny community miles from anywhere was essential for the film’s success.
Peter Salmon and cinematographer Ginny Loane decided to take a completely naturalistic approach to the shooting of Fog. The film was entirely shot handheld and up close to the characters to give a feeling of intimacy with the audience and the actors."
2007 - Semaine de la Critique Cannes Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival. 2008 - Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival.
Colour, 35 mm, 1:1.85, Dolby Digital