This documentary tells the story of New Zealand sport’s ‘golden hour’, when on 2 September 1960 in Rome, two Arthur Lydiard-coached running men won Olympic gold: 21-year-old Peter Snell in the 800 metres, followed by Murray Halberg in the 5000 metres. The outlier triumph tale mixes archive footage with recreations and candid interviews (Halberg talks about his battle with disability and doubt). The NZ Herald's Russell Baillie praised the result as “riveting” and “our Chariots of Fire”. It screened on TV prior to the 2012 London Olympics and was nominated for a 2013 International Emmy Award.
When it ultimately comes down to the point, and you’re standing on the start line, and the starter calls for: ‘on your mark ... get set ...’, who’ve you got to help you? Only yourself.– Murray Halberg
The Golden Hour is available on DVD at Mighty Ape
Made with funding from NZ On Air's Platinum Fund