The Leading Edge

Leading Edge, The - 1987

Southern Light Pictures Ltd. - 74 minutes

DVD UPC/EAN # 9418212013977

Cast: Mathurin Molgat, Bruce Grant, Christine Grant, Evan Bloomfield, Mark Whetu, Melanie Forbes, Billy T. James.
Screenplay: Michael Firth, Grant Morris; Music: Mike Farrell, Tom Whitlock; Editor: Patrick Monaghan; Photography: Stuart Dryburgh, Michael Firth; Producer: Michael Firth; Director: Michael Firth

A bored Colorado ski patrolman comes to New Zealand for the winter season. In between skiing on various North and South Island fields and preparing for the "Ironman' endurance contest, he has a good time with the people he meets. Billy T. James features briefly as an entertainer cum 'fright-a-minute'- aviator. This is a hybrid genre, a semi-dramatized documentary with champion skiers playing themselves.

Censor Rating: PG - Review rating: C+

The Leading Edge
Official MP4 Clip


VHS copies are available in the PAL format. There are no known ntsc versions.
It is presented in its original 1.33:1 format with a dolby digital 2.0 English soundtrack. There are no subtitles or extras.
It is available on a PAL R0 dvd, selling for $15-20nz.

Aro Video of Wellington has rental copies available for any NZ address


The complete film is now viewable free online in five segments. NOTE: This is low resolution. Get the DVD to really enjoy the film.

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There are no known soundtrack CDs available.

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The first known NZ feature film to also have its own soundtrack release was the 1977 33rpm LP of Sleeping Dogs. Other titles that are on 33rpm LP and/or audio cassette, but have not yet (as of 2007) found their way to CD are: Solo (1978), Goodbye Pork Pie (1980), Battletruck (1981), Smash Palace (1981), Strata (1984), Bridge to Nowhere (1986), Queen City Rocker (1986) and The Leading Edge (1987).

Details on these rare LPs can be found at the Soundtrack LP page.


Reviews at

New Zealand Film Commission synopsis

Clarke Fountain review


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NZ On Screen Videos & Comments

Billy T. James video segment

"We Are What We Are" music video

Mike Firth Interview about 'The Leading Edge.'

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