Toronto: Tim Roth to Star in 'Punch' Boxing Drama

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Welby Ings' debut feature is being shopped by The Yellow Affair at the virtual Toronto fest market.

Tim Roth is attached to star in writer-director Welby Ings' debut feature, Punch, with The Yellow Affair unveiling the New Zealand boxing drama to buyers at the virtual Toronto Film Festival market this week.

Roth will play Stan, a coach and alcoholic father to Jim, a 17-year-old boxer in a small town. As Jim prepares for his first professional fight, he rethinks his life’s path and his sexuality and dreams of leaving town.

No word on casting for Jim and other roles for the New Zealand drama set to start production on Nov. 9, ahead of a late 2021 planned release. Ings has made three short films -- Boy, Munted and Sparrow. Punch is being produced by Robin Murphy, and executive produced by Catherine Fitzgerald.

"Working with Welby to bring to life the story of Jim has been an absolute pleasure, and I have no doubt he’ll bring the same artistry and passion for the stories of his community he expressed in his short films to Punch, where he not only takes us on the unique journey of one young man, but speaks to the universal experience of discovering your own true self," Robin Murphy said in a statement.

Vendetta will distribute the film in New Zealand and Australia and wider international sales are being handled by The Yellow Affair.

Roth is repped by CAA.