Described as "visually ravishing" (The Herald's Peter Calder), "strikingly beautiful"(Metro) and "pure social-commentary gold"(The Listener), The Ground We Won is a movie about men, rugby and the heartland. After discovering small town Reporoa en route to their earlier documentary How Far is Heaven, Christopher Pryor and Miriam Smith felt it the perfect place to chronicle the changing face of small town rugby. The film premiered in April 2015 during an autumn offshoot of the NZ International Film Festival; it was judged Best Documentary at the 2017 New Zealand Film Awards.
...a visually ravishing record (in black and white, which lends the film a timeless, even mythic quality) of a very Kiwi slice of life that mixes the poetic with the prosaic, the everyday with the quasi-mythological...– Peter Calder in The NZ Herald, 11 April 2015
Deer Heart Films