Punch - 2022

Blueskin Films & Robin Murphy Productions - 98 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 0850029824510(US)

Principal Cast: Tim Roth, Jordan Oosterhof, Conan Hayes, Abigail Laurent, Sage Klein, Karl Willetts, Matt Hicks, Connon Johnston, Simon McConnon.
Screenplay: Welby Ings; Cinematography: Matt Henley; Editor: Paul Maxwell; Original Music: David Long; Art Direction: Mark Grenfell; Make-up Design: Natalie Perks; Costume Design: Sara Beale; Production Design: Iain Aitken; Producers: Catherine Fitzgerald, Robin Murphy; Director: Welby Ings.

In a world that pretends that being gay is accepted, this film peels back the veneer of tolerance to show just what exists under the surface. Away from the rainbow flags and Pride parades, Jim and Whetu must navigate isolation, hypocrisy, the brutality of small town boxing ... and an anonymous queer bashing that no one will talk about. As Jim stumbles towards discovering what it really is to be a gay man, he is forced to see that strength has little to do with heroism.

Censor Rating: R16 - Review Rating: B

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An NTSC Region 1 DVD became available from North American sources, starting April 2023. It's format is 2.35:1 with DD 5.1 and 2.0 stereo spoken English soundtracks. It has optional English subtitles. Extras include: Interviews with the director and main cast. A "Behind the Scenes" montage. Punch: Pre-production studies (Drawn and designed by writer/director Welby Ings). Two short films: 'Boy' and 'Sparrow' and Distributor's trailers.

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