Madman Entertainment, Auckland, 30 September 2015: Madman Entertainment is proud to announce the DVD and digital release of THE GROUND WE WON, one of the most acclaimed New Zealand films in recent years – available November 18th, 2015. New Zealand being the home of the film, it’s also the first territory in the world to release on these platforms.
THE GROUND WE WON is the story of a knock-about rugby team – made up of salt-of-the-earth dairy farmers – staring down the barrel of a long run of bitter losses. With pluck and determination, the men unite to inspire their small community. In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game becomes the focus of the men’s passions; the ground on which their worth is proved.
Alternatively heartwarming and heartbreaking, melancholy and hilariously funny, THE GROUND WE WON captures a fascinating season of traditions, debauchery and friendship, as the men reclaim their faith in themselves.
Premiering as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival’s Autumn Events program, the film went on to gross over $320,000 on national release. As part of the film’s cinema release the filmmakers Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith travelled with the film on a highly successful Q&A tour. At peak the film was on over 65 screens around the country.
The film is also having a fantastic response overseas, having been awarded a place in three A-list international film festivals – Locarno Film Festival (Semaine De La Critique), the 31st Warsaw Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The GROUND WE WON will be available on DVD & digital from November 18th ($24.99SRP). The DVD will also contain the special feature PUMICELANDS, a New Zealand National Film Unit documentary by John Feeney.
Christopher Pryor – director / cinematographer / editor
THE GROUND WE WON is Chris Pryor’s second feature as director, cinematographer and editor. The critically acclaimed documentary feature HOW FAR IS HEAVEN (2012) was Chris’s debut as a director. He was also the cinematographer and editor, for which he was awarded a New Zealand Film Award for Best Documentary Cinematography, as well as being nominated for Best Documentary Film, Best Documentary Director and Best Documentary Editor. Chris has also collaborated on a myriad of other works both long and short, for the big and the small screen.
Miriam Smith – producer / sound
Miriam Smith produced and co-directed the critically acclaimed feature HOW FAR IS HEAVEN (2012), that had a successful nationwide cinema release in New Zealand in 2012. The film also screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival and was in competition for Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. HOW FAR IS HEAVEN was winner of Best Documentary Cinematography at the New Zealand Film Awards and was nominated that year for all of the documentary awards categories. Miriam has also written for film, print and BBC radio.
About Madman Entertainment
Madman is a leading independent film and television distribution and rights management company, with offices in Australia and New Zealand. Madman is renowned for its commitment to quality New Zealand and foreign film, factual content, as well as highly collectable categories such as Japanese anime, genre film, animation and cult television. Madman’s capabilities encompass end to end acquisition, marketing, creative, sales and distribution in all mediums and formats, from the silver screen to the digital realm. Madman is also a proud producer of Australian film and television content. Put simply, Madman is mad for entertainment.