16 Sep 2019

Loading Docs 2020: Water Baby

From Loading Docs 2019 (Season 6), 7:00 am on 16 September 2019

Freediving royalty William Trubridge and actress Sachiko Fukumoto will do anything to bring their baby into their world, the ocean.

Unable to give birth in the ocean, their favourite place, freediving superstars William Trubridge and Sachiko Fukumoto return to William's family home in the hope of having a water birth.

The couple share stories of their connection to the water, concerns for their child's future relationship with the sea and incredible footage of William's dramatic underwater swim of the Cook Strait. 

Dive into a visually remarkable journey.

The pair met in 2016 in the Bahamas at Vertical Blue, a freediving competition.

The pair met in 2016 in the Bahamas at Vertical Blue, a freediving competition. Photo: Supplied to RNZ by Loading Docs

Documentary details: 

Director: Katherine McRae

Katherine McRae is an actress, writer, teacher and director. She directed theatre then began directing television in 2007. She worked for South Pacific Pictures for seven years on Nothing Trivial, Shortland Street and Go Girls.

In 2012 Katherine and producer Migiwa Ozawa made a short documentary for Tagata Pasifika on Willy and Annie Crummer at a music festival in Malaysia. Katherine's short film Abandon Ship screened at festivals including Toronto's TIFF Kids Film Festival and the LA International Women's Film Festival. 

Katherine continues to direct theatre (Burn Her at Circa Theatre, August 2019) and act, most recently in telefeature Catching the Black Widow and in the feature film Vai.

Producer: Migiwa Ozawa

For Migiwa Ozawa, film is about the balance of curiosity, passion, and culture. She has been producing, and promoting film in New Zealand for over 20 years. 

Migi has worked on feature films The Last Samurai. Television shows Xena Warrior Princess. As well as producing documentaries, television, and developing feature projects.

She is best known for producing scores of Japanese TVC here in New Zealand. And as a tireless ambassador for the industry. Migiwa has represented New Zealand at many international film and trade events.

Migiwa is Executive Producer of TUTU, a hub for film projects as well as a talent agency for Japanese cast. The name means "mischief" in Māori and " harmonious" in Japanese. She also enjoys just Tutu-ing around.

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