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By The Balls Doco Gets Two Encore Screenings

Back by popular demand, local rugby feature By the Balls has confirmed not one but two New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) screenings on Thursday August 8th at 4pm and 8.15pm at the Academy Theatre in Auckland.

By the Balls is the powerful story behind the first ever Rugby World Cup through the eyes of New Zealand’s legendary rugby players. On the playing (battle) field of the 1987 inaugural World Cup, the film recalls how the All Blacks would struggle to come back from their darkest days. David Kirk, who was once outcast from his own team would be forced to lead them as captain, fighting for personal and national pride as they face their old adversaries in one of the greatest grudge matches of all time.


All Black captain David Kirk holds the Webb Ellis Trophy after winning the Rugby World Cup Final between the All Blacks and France at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday 20 June 1987. The All Blacks won the match 29-9. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Kirk says: “By the Balls brings all the turmoil and triumph – personal and national – of the 1980s rushing back. I wasn’t sure I wanted to relive it, but I‘m glad I did. The film tells the story of a decade that begins with a deeply divided nation and ends with a nation that has come to terms with itself. It’s quite a ride.”

Made by Charlotte Purdy and Simon Coldrick, the duo behind the multi-award winning Erebus documentary, Erebus Operation Overdue, By the Balls premiered last month at the NZIFF. Within days, major international distributors approached Purdy about taking the film worldwide. Purdy, By the Balls Producer and Co-Director, says: “It’s very exciting that two major distributors are bidding for it and that this documentary will be released internationally, but not before New Zealand audiences see it on TVNZ 1.”

Encore NZIFF Screenings, Academy Theatre, Auckland Thursday 8th August 4pm and 8.15pm

By the Balls was funded by NZ On Air and will screen on TVNZ 1 in September 2019.

Have you seen By The Balls? Did you watch the 1987 Rugby World Cup?  Let us know about it!


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