Teach a Man To Fish

Two men in a fishing boat on a river.
Title:
Teach a Man To Fish
NFSA ID:
1574912
Year:
2018
Category:
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following clip may contain images and voices of deceased persons
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Grant Leigh Saunders is an Aboriginal filmmaker, teacher and songwriter. Despite a promising artistic career, Grant is unsettled and feels there is something missing in his life.

As a fair skinned, middle-aged Aboriginal man, with a Norwegian wife and two young 'Koori-Wegian' kids, Grant is still struggling with his identity. Compounding this feeling is that Grant has been away from his home country of Taree for over 20 years.

Grant has secretly always wanted to be a fisherman, just like his father Ray and his grandfather Horry before him. When his uncle Steve, his father's main fishing partner, decides to quit fishing, Grant latches onto the opportunity to quit everything to go fishing with his father.

On the eve of Ray's retirement, he finally convinces him to pass on the family trade, leaving his family in Newcastle through the working week to pursue his dream to be a fisherman in his home country on the beautiful Manning River.

It is an opportunity for him to spend time with his father to hopefully salvage a relationship he spoiled sometime ago. But as Grant asks more questions of his father, we learn that there is infinitely more to this father-and-son fishing trip than learning how to fish.

Throughout Grant's journey, the push and pull between his life in Newcastle with his wife and kids and his reconnection with his family up north in Taree leads Grant to make some big, life-changing decisions.

Director and writer:
Grant Leigh Saunders
Producer:
Tom Zubrycki