Stuff's short film festival: Warbrick

New Zealand is about to go rugby mad with the upcoming World Cup, so there's no better time for Stuff.co.nz to be hosting an inspiring short film based on the nation's most popular sport.

Warbrick, directed by brothers Meihana and Pere Durie, is based on the true story of the 1888-89 New Zealand Natives rugby tour of Great Britain and the team's captain Joe Warbrick.

The 2009 short finds the Natives at the end of a gruelling 18-month tour that involved 107 games. Ravaged by injuries and illness, they attempt to field a team for one last game.

When Warbrick arrives in the changing sheds, he ignores the pleas of his team manager to call the game off and instead sets about preparing his men for the match.

An inspiring true story that was told with the help of Warbrick's family, it's something that could help inspire the All Blacks as they attempt to win the Rugby World Cup this year.

Warbrick, which was named Best Short Film at the 2009 Wairoa Maori Film Festival, is the 10th film to be hosted on Stuff during its short film season.

The first was Six Dollar Fifty Man, second Poppy, third Only Son, fourth Amadi, fifth Careful with that Crossbow, sixth This Film is a Dog, seventh Infection, eighth Day Trip and ninth Two Cars One Night.

Stuff's short film festival is produced in conjunction with the New Zealand Film Commission and www.nzonscreen.co.nz.

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