With the onslaught of digital photography and inexpensive HD cameras, it seems like just about every fly fisherman has ambitions of becoming a film maker, resulting in, thousands of hours of voyeur “fishing porn” being released for sale. Don’t get me wrong! I have nothing against anyone expressing themselves through the cinematographic art form, quite the opposite in fact. But like poor Hollywood productions that go straight to DVD, with a few exceptions, most of these fishing films should go straight to Youtube.
Gaula, River of Silver and Gold, is one of the exceptions!
Following the river through the clearly defined Norwegian seasons, this film gives the fly fisherman a front row seat, on the journey of the salmon and fly fishing a legendary river. Through the use of elegant underwater and spectacular ariel photography you get to see Gaula, as never seen before!
The production of Gaula is sharp, yet flows as smoothly as the river itself and unlike most other fishing films, it is complimented by an unobtrusive but yet refreshing and pleasant sound track. My only criticism is the somewhat clinical narrative, but this is fortunately camouflaged by the seductive voice-over in english by Susan Tackenberg. That being said! This is a film for fly fishermen by fly fishermen and anyone who chases silver in Gaula or anywhere else for that matter will be spellbound.
I cant wait to see more from this team.
Daniel Göz & Anton Hamacher: Time 43 min. DVD. Blueray. 29.95 €