Issue date: 
Thursday, 7 July 2016

Transmission Films is proud to launch the official Chasing Great film trailer. The trailer is available now here.

This emotive and explosive trailer gives New Zealanders their very first look into this highly anticipated film. Chasing Great takes audiences into the mind of a champion - with unprecedented access to Richie McCaw, exclusive family archives and never before seen footage.

The trailer soundtrack is from another high achieving New Zealander Lorde. Lorde’s cover of Everybody Wants To Rule The World was a perfect fit.

Chasing Great is an insightful portrayal that weaves Richie McCaw’s life story into his final season as an All Black, revealing the determination and mental toughness of an international sporting legend who still sees himself as an ‘ordinary guy’ from small town New Zealand.

Chasing Great opens in cinemas nationwide on September 1.

Richie McCaw comments “I was always quite keen to make sure I kept some of the private stuff private rather than throw everything out there and not for any reason other than I just felt that was the right thing to do… But I got to the end and one of the reasons for doing this is, I took a lot out of the opportunities I got and this is a chance to try and inspire perhaps some young kids or show that you don’t have to be given some super human talent or anything to fulfil your dreams. I thought it was a chance to show a little bit about where I came from and how I ended up being able to play for the All Blacks for a number years and what it actually takes - that it’s not something magic, it’s a bit of dedication, hard work – those sort of things that, allow you to fulfil those dreams.”

The film was directed by Michelle Walshe and Justin Pemberton. Michelle shares, “This film is for all New Zealanders and anyone who’s interested in a story that delves deep into the mind of a champion.” Justin adds “ultimately, what grabs me are stories about people who are extraordinarily driven, and the sporting arena is rich with inspiring passionate people - and it’s the intriguing character study that really excites me.”

"Richie's achievements in his chosen sport are unsurpassed. The filmmakers have skilfully managed to go behind the scenes and capture the essence of what it takes to become a champion. It is a privilege to be releasing this truly inspiring film to audiences across New Zealand and Australia." says Michael Eldred, General Manager Transmission Films NZ.

“We have no doubt there is an audience waiting to see Richie McCaw on the big screen. The trailer captures how cinematic and captivating the film is, with its beautifully shot scenes and big-screen grandiosity,” says NZ Film Commission CEO Dave Gibson.

The Chasing Great World Premiere screening will be hosted on Tuesday, August 30 at The Civic Theatre, Auckland. Richie McCaw will attend this special red carpet event and share the experience with the first audience in the world to view the film. Tickets will be available from July 10 at Ticketmaster.

Chasing Great is rated G (provisional rating). The premiere is a family friendly event.

Chasing Great is produced by Augusto with investment from the New Zealand Film Commission, Woodward Trust and the New Zealand Government's Screen Production Grant with financing from Kiwibank.

Richie McCaw Chasing Great Official Trailer (2016)

Last updated: 
Thursday, 7 July 2016