’82 And All That is the story of the greatest World Cup qualifying campaign, ever!
In early 1981, a group of amateur footballers from a rugby-mad country set out on an epic fifteen match journey, facing hostile crowds, dodgy officials and seemingly impossible obstacles. By the end, the New Zealand team had become the “All Whites”, earning respect and a couple of world records, uniting a fractured nation and taking their place at world sport’s biggest event.
You may think you know the story of the 82 All Whites – but you’ve never seen it quite like this!
The 1982 World Cup saw the tournament expanded from 16 to 24 teams – the biggest sporting event on earth had just gotten bigger. With 23 teams confirmed, a winner-takes-all playoff in Singapore in January 1982 decided the final qualifier – and in an unforgettable David v Goliath match-up, the All Whites prevailed and proudly stepped up to global football’s biggest stage.
This film is the ultimate labour of love! After a planning process that took the best part of a decade, this project began in earnest in 2011. The final result - ’82 And All That - features 25 original interviews and brings together the sights and sounds of a story that is part of the heritage of New Zealand football, sport and society. It allows anyone who remembers it to relive it, and anyone who doesn’t to share in the incredible journey.
My mission is simple – to let everyone see this film!
For that to happen I need to raise money – for copyright clearances, archive access, and post production. I’m turning to the football community, and sports fans in general, with a simple request: if you’d like to be able to go with friends and family to the cinema and enjoy a classic underdog triumph tale, watching Kiwi battlers take on the world and succeed, then please help me.
I’ve launched an online fundraiser, and am asking for contributions. If I could fund this release myself I would, but I’ve sunk every cent I have into this project over the last 5 years, and simply can’t reach the final target alone.
My target is $175,000. While it’s a lofty amount, I believe there’s enough football and sports fans in New Zealand to make it happen. Back in 2009, 36,000 people paid to watch the All Whites beat Bahrain – if that amount of people each contributed $5 to this campaign, I’d have more than I need!
So please donate, encourage others to do likewise, and spread the word to anyone who may be interested! For all the details about donating (including how you can actually claim part of your contribution back as a tax rebate) please visit the Donate page on this site.