It's no secret that for the majority of New Zealanders rugby is
what we live and breathe. Yet the stereotypes and behavioural
expectations associated with rugby culture has meant that gay
players and supporters have remained closeted or refrained from
participation altogether. There still has yet to be an openly gay
All Black or professional rugby player in New Zealand.
Line-Out follows the New Zealand Falcons - competing in a
regional open grade competition as the only openly gay and
inclusive club in the county. The project aims to explore the
barriers and anxieties faced by the Falcons and directly challenge
the stigmas surrounding gay participation in wider rugby
As a gay filmmaker and massive rugby fan, this has been a
passion project of mine and I've worked extremely hard trying to
bring Line-Out to screen. The project has been in pre-production
for over two and a half years and, finally, after a year of
standing on rugby fields in freezing rain, boggy mud and icy wind I
have reached post-production. I have a vast bank of footage and a
strong script ready to take into the editing phase.
This is where I need your help.
I'm looking for donations to help me pay for a professional
post-production team of editors, sound mixers, colour graders to
bring the strongest product possible to screen. In addition, the
money raised will help me secure music licenses from local Kiwi
bands, pay entry fees into both local and international film
festivals and cover some of the costs associated with
Boosted is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding platform, which means
my campaign needs to reach 100% of the target, so every donation,
every last dollar helps. Every named donation, no matter how small
will be included in the credits.
Thanks for reading, support for this project is very much
There will only be one first shot at this and now is the time
3 MONTHS AGO
Hey everyone, thanks so much for the ongoing support and contributions for Line-Out. We still have a long way to go, and the project will only reach its target with your help! Please continue to share this page with your friends and whanau.
In the mean time, here's a small teaser to wet your appetites!
3 MONTHS AGO
Almost halfway through the crowdfunding drive! It's had a great response so far, but there's still a long way to go. Every contribution counts and gets us closer to reaching our target! Please donate what you can afford, and continue to share the project with our friends and whanau.
In the meantime, check out the awesome Line-Out poster!
Line-Out: Official Facebook Page
4 MONTHS AGO
Remeber you can also find the project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nzfalconsdoc. Please give the page a like to keep up with developments and to be the first to see our behind the scenes content and trailers as the project progresses!
Thanks for the amazing support so far!