June 20, 2015
New Zealandâ€™s farming community and grassroots rugby are the focus of this cultural slice-of-life documentary following a rural rugby team looking to overcome a string of bitter losses. Shot in black and white from the filmmakers behind How Far is Heaven.
"Rugby and farming are so heavily branded as symbols of national identity that you might wonder what relationship the images bear to real rugby-playing farmers in 2015. Confessed â€˜rugby outsidersâ€™, husband and wife filmmakers Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith hunkered down in Reporoa for the better part of a year to find out. Their dispatch from the grassroots is unsentimental, funny, and so startlingly beautiful it could reanimate your responses to an overplayed mythology." NZIFF
***** 5 STARS â€œIf I see a more effective, provocative or entertaining film from anywhere
this year, Iâ€™ll be amazed.â€ - Graeme Tuckett, Dominion Post
**** 4 STARS â€œSee this film. Soon. And on the big screen.â€ â€“ Peter Calder, NZ Herald
Documentary, Sport | 1hr 31mins | M Offensive language, sexual references, nudity & content that may offend | New Zealand
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