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Loading Docs 2016 - Bludgeon

Web (Full Length) – 2016

"It’s more than just a sport: it’s honour, glory, victory." This 2016 Loading Doc follows knight-in-waiting Martainn Cuff as he and his Steel Thorns team prepare for battle in the "misunderstood sport" of full contact medieval combat. The Taranaki ex-soldier carries 33 kilograms of armour and the burden of a leadership role into the fray, at the national champs. The short documentary was made by Ryan Heron and Andy Deere, who were Whanganui school friends of Cuff’s. Heron and Deere direct commercials; they previously teamed up for award-winning short comedy Return.

When I left the Army I left behind not only a job and a career, but a release for physicality.
– Martainn

Key Cast & Crew

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Ryan Heron

Producer, Camera, Editor, Co-Director

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Andy Deere

Co-Director, Producer, Camera, Editor

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Jamie Linehan

Sound Design

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Anna Jackson

Executive Producer

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Julia Parnell

Executive Producer

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Tipene Rogers


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