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Films with Fight


Thu 21 Nov 2013, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Fri 22 Nov 2013, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Sat 23 Nov 2013, 4:30pm–6:00pm
Sat 23 Nov 2013, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $8.00
  • Concession: $6.00
  • Additional fees may apply


A thrilling programme of classic boxing moments from the Film Archive vaults. Featuring kiwi boxing talents, along with international stars.

The programme follows:

"Bob Fitzsimmons vs Jim Corbett" (1897)
The World Heavyweight Championship bout between Timaru’s own Bob Fitzsimmons and Jim Corbett (an American). At Carson City, Nevada, 17 March 1897. Fitzsimmons demonstrates his “solar plexus” punch.

"Pete Sarron vs Tommy Donovan" (1930)
The match between “Pete” Sarron (United States) and Tommy Donovan (Waitara, New Zealand) at Western Park, New Plymouth, on Saturday March 15, 1930. The fight took place in front of 9,000 spectators.

"Cassius Clay vs Sonny Liston" (1963)
The famous World Heavyweight Championship fight between Cassius Clay and World Champion Sonny Liston. At the Convention Hall, Miami Beach.

"From Poverty Bay to Broadway: The Story of Tom Heeney" (2010)
"Boxer Tom Heeney was New Zealand’s first international sporting hero, a contender in New York for the World Heavyweight title in 1928. Though he lost the fight (after 11 brutal rounds) New Zealanders exulted then, as now, in the ‘world class’ status of one of our own. With a reputation for doggedness and straight dealing in a notoriously corrupt game, ‘Honest Tom’ became a rich man and footed it with the smart set in Jazz Age Manhattan and eventually parlayed his good name into a long and successful second career running a celebrity bar in Miami" - New Zealand International Film Festival, 2010.

"Films with Fight" will screen at 7pm, Thursday 21, Friday 22 & Saturday 23 November. Also 4.30pm on Saturday 23 November. At the Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington.

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