This documentary tells the story of NZ 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 800m, and Murray Halberg in the 5000m shortly after. The outlier triumph tale mixes archive footage with recreations and candid interviews (Halberg’s battle with disability and doubt is poignant). NZ Herald critic Russell Baillie praised the result as “riveting” and “our Chariots of Fire”. It screened on TV prior to London 2012 and was nominated for a 2013 International Emmy Award.
The teams that were expected to dominate were the two super powers: The Soviet Union and the United States. The New Zealanders were a complete afterthought.– US commentator David Maraniss
The Golden Hour is available on DVD at Mighty Ape
Made with funding from NZ On Air