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Girls Don’t Fight

GEMINI AWARD NOMINATION – BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

LEO AWARD NOMINATION – BEST SPORTS DOCUMENTARY

GIRLS DON’T FIGHT provocatively explores women’s recent entry into what has long been considered the male domain: the fight rings of sport.

Jessica Rakoczy is a boxer who fought her way off the streets of Hamilton, ON and into the rings of Las Vegas to become the women’s lightweight champion of the world. In contrast to Rakoczy’s gritty world of pro boxing, the doc also presents wrestler Lyndsay Belisle’s quest for gold in Athens as she competes in the first women’s freestyle wrestling competition in Olympic History.

 

Belisle’s Olympic opportunity is something Rakoczy has been denied. Female boxing is still not included at the Olympics. With no gold medal dream to follow, Rakoczy’s only viable option was to turn pro, presenting a unique set of gender controversies. For a woman to have a profitable career in the media-driven world of boxing, she must be “marketable” and have sex appeal. This often relegates female boxing to being a circus sideshow on men’s boxing cards, a trend that Rakoczy and other true fighters are trying to overcome.

 

Tracing the evolution of female combatants from the Ancient Greek female wrestler Atalanta to a rebellious female boxing pioneer from the 1950’s, Barbara Buttrick the film combines provocative interview montages set against hilarious women’s etiquette film clips from the 1950’s. Narrated by Canadian actress Sandra Oh (Sideways, Grey’s Anatomy), GIRLS DON’T FIGHT tackles gender issues in violent sport with irony and humour.

GIRLS DON’T FIGHT

Directed by
JILL SHARPE

Written by
KEN CRAW

Produced by
KEN CRAW
SHEL PIERCY

Executive Producers
DAN CARRIERE
JILL FAIRCLOUGH

Narrated by
SANDRA OH

Director of Photography
KIRK TOUGAS

Editors
BONNI DEVLIN
DEBRA RURAK

Original Music Composed by
DOUG BLACKLEY

Sound Recordist
BRENT MARCHENSKI

Production Manager
KEN DASKEWECH

Production Assistant
BILL ALLMAN

Assistant to Producer
MARGARET VOSSEN

Production Accountant
DARLENE LOFGREN

Post-Production Accountant
SHELLEY MATHESON

Assistant Picture Editors
LORIE OLSON

Researcher
SANCHA TATLOCK

Colour Correction
TOM METZGER

Logo Designed by
DEREK CUMMINGS

Graphics Designed by
PAUL FREEMAN

Publicity and Marketing
PAULI-ANN CARRIERE

Consulting Sound Designer
VELCROW RIPPER

Sound Post Facility
LEO SOUND LTD. VANCOUVER

Sound supervisor/designer
GASHTASEB ARIANA

Dialogue editor
ANDRE IWANCHUK

Sound effects editor
MATTHEW THOMAS

Re-recording mixer
GASHTASEB ARIANA

Additional Music Performed by
Free Flow song

Agricantus

LOCATIONS

THESSALONIKI, GREECE
Driver / Translator
DIMOS TOPSIS

ATHENS, GREECE
Driver / Translator
VASILIKI NIKOLOU

LAS VEGAS, USA
Sound Recordist
STEVE SMITH

HAMILTON, CANADA
Sound Recordist
STEVE McNAMEE

LEMOORE, USA
Sound Recordist
JON SMOTT

Additional Camera Operator
ERIN CAMERON

Still Photographer
JOZE GARZA

Interim financing provided by
NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

Legal Counsel
DORAN CHANDLER, Roberts & Stahl

Transcribers
SARAH E. ARMSTRONG
LINDSAY WILLIAMS

Co-producers
BRIAN MCASEY
JEREMY PODLOG

Stock Footage Researchers
PAULA SAWADSKY
CORINNA HAGEL

STOCK FOOTAGE AND PHOTOS PROVIDED BY
AP / WIDE WORLD PHOTOS
ART RESOURCE
BARBARA BUTTRICKS
CARA MORTON
CHRISTIAN PRINTUP
CBC SPORTS
EFOOTAGE
ESPN ENTERPRISES
GENUINE PICTURES
GITTEL BAUSK
LEATHER & LACE
MACDONALD & ASSOCIATES
NATIONAL FAIRGROUND ARCHIVE, UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
PHOTOFEST
PERFECT 10
PRODUCERS LIBRARY SERVICES
All Olympic Footage is copyright of and reproduced with the consent of the INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
WPA FILM LIBRARY

Executives in charge of Production for CTV
LOUISE CLARK
BOB CULBERT

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Ionkimidis Spiros
Apollo Sport Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece
US1 Fitness, Miami, USA
Regency Boxing, Hamilton, Canada
Indian Palace Gaming Casino, Lemoore, USA
Christian Printup
James Harris
UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Volleyball

Developed in Association with
CTV

Developed with the participation of
BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM

Produced with the participation of the
CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund

Produced with the financial participation of
Rogers Documentary Fund

Produced with the participation of the
Province of British Columbia
FILM INCENTIVE B.C.

Produced in Association with CTV

Distributed by
CTV

An INFINITY FILMS Production

Copyright 2005 Girl Fight Productions Ltd.

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