Country: New Zealand
Year: 2022
Duration: 98'

Seventeen-year-old Jim is a promising young boxer, training under the relentless attention of his alcoholic father Stan. Jim’s life outside the ring gets complicated when he befriends Whetu, a gay Maori who spends his days near the beach. Their friendship starts to grow into something more, making them the target for the hate of their small, macho, intolerant town. Suddenly, Jim’s mapped-out future is jeopardized. A story about love, loyalty, and redemption, in which the beauty of the setting intensifies the harsh emotions of the plot. With Tim Roth.



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film director

Welby Ings

With a multidisciplinary background in graphics and philosophy, Welby Ings is professor of Arts & Design at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. As he states in his essay Disobedient Teaching (2007), he deeply believes that disobedient thinking could empower us to explore new possibilities of knowledge. He directed the short films Boy (2004) – in the running to be the Academy Award nominee for New Zealand –, Munted (2011) and Sparrow (2016). Punch (2022) is his first feature film.


& Credits

Sceneggiatura/Screenplay Welby Ings
Montaggio/Editing Paul Maxwell
Fotografia/Photography Matt Henley
Musica/Music David Long
Interpreti/Cast Tim Roth, Jordan Oosterhof, Conan Hayes
Produttore/Producer Robin Murphy, Catherine Fitzgerald
Produzione/Production Punch Productions LTD
Vendite internazionali/World Sales The Yellow Affair