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Coached by his demanding father (Tim Roth), a teenager prepares for his first professional boxing match, while grappling with his sexuality, in this hard-hitting New Zealand drama.

In a small New Zealand town, 17 year-old Jim has little prospects and a future that rests on his promising boxing career. Under his alcoholic father’s guidance he’s able to blend in with the hypermasculine culture, at least from the outside. Whetu, who’s targeted by the community for being proudly takatāpui (queer) and Māori, isn’t so lucky. When the two young men forge a hopeful connection Jim must confront the cost of fitting in, in a world hostile to difference.

Content warning: contains depictions of homophobic and sexual violence.

Australian Premiere

The Thursday 16 February screening includes a special Q&A with writer-director Welby Ings.

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About Punch
  • Community

    Gay Men
  • Director

    Welby Ings
  • Cast

    Tim Roth Jordan Oosterhof Conan Hayes
  • Producer

    Catherine Fitzgerald Robin Murphy
  • Company Credits

    Courtesy of: Vendetta Films
  • Program Strand

    Asia-Pacific Focus Narrative Feature
  • Blurb Writer

    Jean Kearney
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