Hamish Pinkham says a new documentary about his festival is "warts and all".

The Rhythm & Vines co-founder is featured in today's new documentary The Road to Rhythm, which charts the Gisborne New Year's festival's 15-year journey.

"It's certainly not a promo piece," says Pinkham. "It's a look back at some of the highs and lows, and it's a warts and all look at some of the trials and tribulations we've had creating the festival."

The Road to Rhythm Part One

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Road to Rhythm Part One.

The Road to Rhythm Part Two

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Released today, the doco charts the festival's origins from a student party for 400 to the summer festival destination it's become today.

But Pinkham admits it hasn't all been smooth sailing, detailing "personal toil ... financial ruin".

"It's a real and true look at running a business like Rhythm & Vines."