Towing – it’s a nasty job but somebody has to do it.
In this 6 x half hour series of “Towies”, Greenstone Pictures gives you a from-the-cab view into the world of the Towie – featuring sensitive new age tow truck operators in a never-ending war with irate motorists.
In Auckland, with over half a million cars on the road, towing is big business. On average, about 150 cars get towed every day.
But it can be an ugly business. Nobody likes being towed. The towie is the last person any motorist wants to see. Unless of course, they’ve just broken down on the motorway. Then the towie is their guardian angel.
Towies work day and night and in all weathers, cleaning up after motorway accidents, towing illegal parkers, pulling cars out of ditches and rivers, patrolling the clearways to keep rush hour traffic flowing.
They’ve cleaned up their act over the last ten years, but Towies are still universally hated.
For three months while filming this series, Peter Bell director/cameraman got a close up feel of what it’s like being on the unpopular side of the towing hook. The world of the towie is tough, unpredictable, and, at times, it can get ugly.
Promotional TrailerComing soon
Producer: Tony Manson
Thanks to: The towies who shared their stories
Exec producer: John Harris
Director/camera: Peter Bell
Writer: Maree Quinn
Editor: Dermot McNeilage
Production manager: Philippa Hall
Production runner: Meg Freeman
Camera: Mike Griffin, Peter Bell
Production accountant: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TV2