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The Golden Hour

Television (Trailer) – 2012

This documentary tells the story of New Zealand sport’s ‘golden hour’, when on 2 September 1960 in Rome, two Arthur Lydiard-coached runners won Olympic gold: 21-year-old Peter Snell in the 800 metres, then Murray Halberg in the 5000 metres. The underdog 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 an International Emmy Award in 2013. 

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

Key Cast & Crew

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DJ Stipsen


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Justin Pemberton

Director, Writer

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Polly Fryer


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Frank Brown

As: Bill Baillie

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Aimee Gestro

As: Phyllis Halberg

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Graham Smith

As: Harold Austad

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Produced by

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Desert Road Films


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Desert Road Films