The Ground We Won

The Ground We Won

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The Ground We Won

New Zealand’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 ‘rugby outsiders’, 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.

"The pair follow the area’s predominantly pakeha rugby team at work and at play as they struggle for credibility after a string of humiliating losses. The camera takes to several willing specimens of dairy-farming manhood who open up for our entertainment and edification." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

Best Documentary and Documentary Cinematography, NZ Film Awards 2017
2015Rating: M, Offensive language, sexual references, nudity & content that may offend 91 minsNew Zealand
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Reviews & comments

Disappointed

Why do people make movies about these sort of negative slices of kiwi life? The drinking, bad language culture has been done to death! This film was boring, not entertaining and really disappointing! I would rather watch Country Calendar! Some good black and white photography, though.

2.0
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Must see kiwi doco

You have to see this doco about a slice of kiwi life embracing the footy religion in reality as compared to the often intellectual over analysing bumpf you are usually fed. I dont remember any stripper in our footy clubrooms as we didnt have the cash because it was already allocated to the booze.

5.0
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An eye-opener

The subjects really open up and reveal themselves, it's honest - perhaps disturbingly so. Recommended.

4.0
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Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

press

This is so much more than just rugby... Compulsory viewing for everyone.

5.0
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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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See this film. Soon. And on the big screen.

4.0
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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

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In one word: magnificent. In two: see this.

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Metro Magazine

Metro Magazine

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A strikingly beautiful paean to the sometimes brutal business of being a male.

4.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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The only excuse you will ever need to watch a Kiwi documentary on the big screen.

5.0
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Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

press

This is so much more than just rugby... Compulsory viewing for everyone.

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

See this film. Soon. And on the big screen.

4.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

In one word: magnificent. In two: see this.

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Metro Magazine

Metro Magazine

press

A strikingly beautiful paean to the sometimes brutal business of being a male.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

The only excuse you will ever need to watch a Kiwi documentary on the big screen.

5.0
0

Disappointed

Why do people make movies about these sort of negative slices of kiwi life? The drinking, bad language culture has been done to death! This film was boring, not entertaining and really disappointing! I would rather watch Country Calendar! Some good black and white photography, though.

2.0
0

Must see kiwi doco

You have to see this doco about a slice of kiwi life embracing the footy religion in reality as compared to the often intellectual over analysing bumpf you are usually fed. I dont remember any stripper in our footy clubrooms as we didnt have the cash because it was already allocated to the booze.

5.0
0

An eye-opener

The subjects really open up and reveal themselves, it's honest - perhaps disturbingly so. Recommended.

4.0
0