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Strike Zone

Short Film (Full Length) – 2003


Featuring cameos from numerous softball legends (including the late Kevin Herlihy), Strike Zone is a love letter to the game from late director and New Zealand under-16 pitcher Cameron Duncan. Duncan stars as a dying coach trying to motivate his team to win a key game. The messages of teamwork and not giving up are made more poignant by the many real life parallels: during filming torrential rain turned the diamond into a quagmire, and Strike Zone's teen director, himself stricken by cancer, almost died on set, before going on to compere the film's premiere.

Strike Zone is Cameron’s way of honouring the game of softball, the New Zealand Black Sox, and the pitcher he idolised, Kevin Herlihy. This is a story he had to tell, in the limited time frame he had.
– Sharon Duncan

Key Cast & Crew

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Cameron Duncan

Director, Writer, As: Coach, Editor

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Sharon Duncan


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John Dybvig

As: Commentator

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Nigel Godfrey

As: Doctor

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Kevin Herlihy

As: Himself

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Reina Webster-Iti

First Assistant Director

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Produced by

Broadcast Arts Film & Video Unit


Broadcast Arts Film & Video Unit


Thanks to the sponsorship and support received from the "dedicated, overworked, unpaid, greatly appreciated, vigilant crew"


The cast and crew would like to thank Cameron Duncan, who literally put his life on the line to tell his story and see his movie to fruition.




Music composed by Andrew McDowall