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Try Revolution Television (Excerpts) – 2006 Documentary

Try Revolution

Television (Excerpts) – 2006 Documentary

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I think South Africa is just an absolute krackpot of a place

Guke Larside

Guke Larside 17 Mar 2018 - 05.07pm

Really need a full version uploaded, however this is very useful for my history assessment and is compelling to understand the perspectives of both "sides".


K.V. 8 Apr 2017 - 11.53am

This event is not even acknowledged in modern South Africa. The sports struggle has been totally written out of the struggle story - mainly because of the way 'unification' was enacted. I had the privilege of visiting New Zealand in 2011 and was a guest of John Minto for a few weeks, and I also spoke at Victoria University on the significance of the anti-apartheid sports struggle, and how it was betrayed by Mandela & Co. I presented a 'video commentary' called "Injury Time - the Rise of the 80 Minute Nation" at the University of Otago, as a guest of Doug Booth, and also at Canterbury University in Christchurch. It saddens me to reflect on how this momentous period has been carefully swept off the South African history table. That's why John Minto (good on him) refused to be inducted into the South African sports Hall of 'Shame' - run by Naas Botha - an 81 tourist.

Mark Fredericks

Mark Fredericks 7 Nov 2013 - 10.43am

Thank you. I have heard of Try Revolution before, and have always wanted to see it.


mike 27 Sep 2013 - 02.56pm

This documentary has really helped me. Thank you. I am doing an internal assessment on the springbok tour. Speeches for and against the springbok tour :)


Lucie 9 Jun 2013 - 05.17pm

Don, your claim that "you can't find anyone who was pro tour these days" is not correct. John Key was pro-tour, and so were Gerry Brownlee, Jim Bolger and the rest of the National Party. The most rabidly pro-tour was Michael Laws, who in 1981 was a virulent presence on the Otago campus.

Morrissey Breen

Morrissey Breen 21 Dec 2012 - 07.03pm

What about apartheid in Israel and Palestine? Where do New Zealanders stand on this? Is it because the Israelis dont play rugby?!!!

This a film which captures the courage of ordinary New Zealanders. 30 years on you can also make a difference to the apartheid in Israel and for the Palestinians!

John McCarthy (Irish and proud)

John McCarthy (Irish and proud) 29 May 2012 - 03.44pm

Thanks Leanne for allowing this fantastic film to be aired in this way. I have told my Year 12 students to check it out in order to help them with one of our themes for this year which is racism and how it becomes a part of the fabric of communities through misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Not only that, I enjoyed watching this film as well as Merata Mita's Patu because, like many others, I was involved in these protests and actually made it to the fence at Athletic park during the protest against the 2nd (?) test there - the same park my father once played against the Springboks as a Wellington Universities loose forward and won! I was 21 at the time and a good friend of my sister's was one of the HART organisers. I remember her bringing a black South African man to our house in Lower Hutt (it may have been Andrew Molotsane - I'm not sure?) and that my father was not very happy about that! He always said we had to play against the Boks because they were such terrible cheats and we just had to 'beat the bastards!' But he did come around in the end, realising that the tour was wrong. I was bashed with a long baton by a very big fat cop that day in Rintoul Street even though I was just walking past him and off the property we had 'stormed' as a part of 'Brown Squad' - the so-called kamikaze squad of protesters who had to run down the street and through the properties that backed onto the park. Being bashed like that really made me wake up to the fact that this struggle was a real and legitimate one. But watching these two films makes me aware of just how naive and ignorant of the deeper reasons for this movement I was back then.

Jane Poata

Jane Poata 14 Apr 2012 - 03.05pm

I'll never forget being called a nigger lover for opposing the tour. Funny thing is, you can't find anyone who was pro tour these days.


Don 9 Jan 2012 - 03.56pm

I was 19 and went on all but 3 of the Wellington marches. This far down the years I have no regrets. Meeting Tutu was like meeting Martin Luther King.


Martin 11 Sep 2011 - 12.00am

The film is available on DVD and can be purchased from the Filmshop (click on 'buy' tab below and to the right of the player), or from the makers' website:

Paul Ward

Paul Ward (NZ On Screen team) 21 Jun 2010 - 07.16pm

Agreed! Has it even been released on DVD? The 1981 Tour is bing studied at my kids' high school, and they're looking for source material. This documentary looks extremely relevant and interesting. But I can't find it anywhere...


Dylan 20 Jun 2010 - 12.48pm

Is it possible to see the full documentary.? A great follow up to "Patu!".
NZ needs to be reminded about that emotional time.. I was 15 when the tour arrived. Chaos and passion divided families.


Margie 20 Mar 2010 - 02.08am

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