Billy Graham was a a poor, restless, dyslexic boy from Lower Hutt who was taken under the wing of a boxing coach and became an amateur champion. In 2006 Graham set up his first boxing academy in his home suburb. Now he runs five gyms, training young people to have pride in themselves and their bodies. This 42-minute documentary was directed by award-winner Mark Albiston (The Six Dollar Fifty Man). It follows a group of young Kiwis who have found acceptance and inspiration on the floor at Graham's gym. Billy and the Kids debuted at the 2019 NZ International Film Festival.
Keep your hands up, tuck yourself in and you weather the storm without turning your back.– Boxing mentor Billy Graham coaches a young boxer
World premiere on 27 July 2019 at Te Papa's Soundings Theatre in Wellington, as part of the NZ International Film Festival