A loving and bittersweet tribute to the asphalt desperadoes of Aotearoa in the 70s who took skateboarding from a fun pursuit into a full blown national phenomenon.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2006
No More Heroes is a loving and bittersweet tribute to the asphalt desperadoes of Aotearoa in the 70s who took skateboarding from a fun pursuit into a full-blown national phenomenon. It’s been a five-year labour of love for former NZ national skateboarding champion Andy Moore. By 1978, skateboarding was like Marmite, both loved and craved by every kiwi kid. Edwards Skateboards - one of New Zealand's two biggest skateboarding manufacturers in the 1970s – turned over $10,000,000 between 1975 and 1980 on skateboarding products alone! With the economy sinking and rugby and cricket the only sports on offer, it was a case of the right subculture hitting the right country at the right time. Moore has amassed hundreds of rare photos, a kick-arse punk rock/NZ 70s soundtrack and many hours of Super 8 home movies, including amazing footage of Manukau’s legendary skatepark Skatetopia being opened by Rob Muldoon and visited by international teen superstar (and admittedly lame skater) actor Leif Garrett. So grab your first board and we'll see you at the cinema. — Ant Timpson