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Presented by Darwin Festival and Deckchair Cinema

The Ground We Won is a cinema vérité documentary study of manhood as observed through the rites and rituals of a rural New Zealand rugby club. With great bawdiness and camaraderie, an eclectic rugby team of farmers strive to redeem themselves from a long run of bitter losses.

In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game becomes the focus of the men’s passions and the ground on which their worth is proved. With incredibly privileged access inside this sacred men’s zone, the film captures a fascinating season of traditions, debauchery and friendship, as the men reclaim their faith in themselves. This visually arresting and surprising film is about passions, obligations and belonging, both on the pitch and off.

Two magnificent feature films will have their Northern Territory debuts as part of A Sporting Chance on Film. Both are centred around the true stories of First Nations sportsmen, but the stories are told in dramatically different ways. Powerful and captivating, they each use the thrilling energy of sport to take the viewer beyond the field and the rink and into a zone of empathy and understanding.

Join us before the screening for free live music performed by Charlie Powling and band.

  • One of the most powerfully cinematic New Zealand movies ever.

    NZ Herald on Sunday
  • Startling, ferociously intelligent, disturbing, heart-warming and hauntingly beautiful.

    Dominion Post

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