Billy and The Kids 2019

Directed by Mark Albiston Aotearoa

An insightful look inside the boxing academies run by champion Kiwi boxer Billy Graham, through the eyes of the kids whose lives they have changed.

Aug 04

Academy Cinemas

42 minutes DCP
E

Director

Producer

Sharlene George

Photography

Marty Williams

Editors

Liam Bachler
,
Hamish Waterhouse
,
Mark Albiston

Art director

Josh O’Neil

With

Billy Graham
,
Latu Talu
,
Ali Ismatullah
,
Qamar Ali Juma
,
Madeleine Alosio
,
Georgia Alosio
,
Tom Trask
,
William Fowell
,
Te Ana Fowell
,
Enamay Welsh
,
Mikala Jenson
,
Genuine Mahu
,
Mr Tiria Tiria

Kiwi boxing great Billy Graham grew up with a troubled background and was destined to become another criminal statistic until the discipline and training of boxing turned him around. Today, Billy runs five boxing academies around the country and hopes to change the lives of young kids who were just like him. Mark Albiston’s uplifting short documentary Billy and The Kids tells the story of several ‘kids’ from diverse backgrounds who have all benefitted from Billy’s mentoring.

The oldest, Latu, emigrated from Nauru in the 90s. As an overstayer on the run from the police, Latu’s residency was supported by Billy. Now 25 years old, Latu is a full-time coach at Billy’s Cannons Creek gym. 12-year-old runaway William is brought to the boxing gym by his auntie, who hopes it will provide some structure in his life. Teenager Tom has an anxiety disorder and isn’t a great boxer, but the gym helps him get through the tough times. After losing his father in Afghanistan and emigrating with his mother and siblings, Ali has found a second family at the academy. We also meet a sassy bunch of girls – Maddy, Mikala, Georgia and Genuine – who find it easier to connect at the gym rather than at school.

Screening With This Feature

The Long Pursuit – Whāingaroa (Raglan) 2019

Director

12 minutes

This short documentary explores the essence of Whāingaroa (Raglan), telling the story of a community with shared values of environmentalism and kaitiakitanga