Since its world premiere at the NZIFF’s Autumn Events, Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith’s The Ground We Won is becoming quite the globe-trotter, now selected for festivals on several continents.
Pryor and Smith have just returned from Locarno, where the film got in front of a European audience. To their delight (and relief, admitted Pryor) the film played just as well as it had done for audiences here and in Melbourne at MIFF. Locarno had to add an extra screening due to popular demand.
The Ground We Won was also flying the flag at the Montreal World Film Festival and heads back to North America next week for the small but highly respected Camden International Film Festival in Maine.
Following the recent conclusion of The Ground We Won’s local theatrical release, the next booking on home turf for Pryor and Smith will be to present a case study on the film at this year’s Big Screen Symposium.
The week after the BSS, the film will go back across the ditch for Sydney’s Antenna Documentary Film Festival. In Sydney The Ground We Won is selected out of competition, presumably because the Aussies know they’re on a hiding to nothing against NZ rugby players.
Antenna will also screen a couple of titles seen here: B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West-Berlin, currently playing in the German Film Festival, and Venice winner On The Bride’s Side, which played this year’s Doc Edge Festival.