Documentary record of the mass civil disobedience that took place throughout New Zealand during the winter of 1981, in protest against the South African rugby tour.

In 1981, the New Zealand government invited the South African rugby team to tour New Zealand. This effectively split the country in half. Patu! is the story of the protest movement, HART (halt all racist tours). This documentary shows footage of protester meetings, rugby games and various beatings meted out to protesters from police.

Directed by

Documentary, Sport, Historical


Rating: PG

English and Maori with English subtitles

New Zealand

TimeOut (UK)


As a record of mobilisation of public opinion in the face of immense propaganda... it's a wholly successful and convincing tribute.