Warriors is a documentary following a group of young Maasai who, in a remote region of Kenya, have remarkably formed a cricket team. They relate the sport to their traditional hunting techniques – the ball is the spear, the bat is the shield – and their flowing red robes in full flight are an awesome sight. The film follows the team as they pursue their dream of reaching England, the home of cricket, and test themselves in the amateur Last Man Stands World Championship.
But there is a darker heart to the story. The Maasai are male dominated, women have few rights – even to their own bodies – and girls as young as six have suffered Female Genital Mutilation and early marriages. Traditional practices such as these have also contributed to the spread of HIV/Aids, and now many believe the future of the Maasai is under serious threat. The Warriors cricket team are using their new-found unity on the field as an inspiration to those off it, attempting to educate and give young people a sense of belonging, support, and hope.
However, they face resistance from the elders of their community – well-respected and wise men who hold all Maasai traditional practices dear and carry great influence. They fear losing any of their traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. Can cricket really bring change to the region?
Directed by Barney Douglas
Produced by Barney Douglas & Michael Elson
Director of Photography Ben Wilkins
Edited by Julian Rodd
Assistant Producer Kat Ward-Lewis
Music by Ali Gavan & Barney Douglas
Executive Producer James Anderson
Executive Producers Esther Randall, John Boughtwood, Jamie Carmichael & John Douglas
23/9 Hollywood Film Festival, ArcLight Cinema, LA, United States
WORLD PREMIERE Wednesday 23rd September 2015, 6.30pmBuy Tickets
27/9 Hollywood Film Festival, ArcLight Cinema, LA, United States
Second screening Saturday 27th September 2015, 7.15pm Buy Tickets
31/10 Out of Africa Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya
KENYAN PREMIERE Saturday 31st October, 10am at Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi.Buy Tickets
11/11 Leeds International Film Festival, UK
UK FESTIVAL PREMIERE Wednesday 11th November, 8.30pm, Vue in The Light Cinema, Leeds – with Q&A Buy Tickets
13/11 London Picturehouse Central, UK – SOLD OUT
OFFICIAL UK PREMIERE with Q&A + Special Guests Friday 13th NovemberBuy Tickets
21/11 Birmingham Electric Cinema, UK – SOLD OUT
Saturday 21st November with Q&A Buy Tickets
22/11 Brighton Dukes at Komedia, UK – SOLD OUT
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23/11 Nottingham Broadway Cinema, UK
Monday 23rd November with Q&A Buy Tickets
24/11 London Regent Street Cinema, UK
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25/11 Bristol Watershed Cinema, UK
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25/11 Greenwich Picturehouse, London, UK
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29/11 Glasgow Film Theatre, UK
Sunday 29th November at 5.20pm Buy Tickets
30/11 Glasgow Film Theatre, UK
Monday 30th November at 1.50pm & 8.30pm Buy Tickets
1/12 Glasgow Film Theatre, UK
Tuesday 1st December at 1.20pm Buy Tickets
7/12 Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford, UK
Monday 7th December at 9pm Buy Tickets
11/12 Arthouse Cinema, Crouch End, London UK
Friday 11th December at 8.30pm plus Director Q&A Buy Tickets
45% of any profit from ‘Warriors’ is going back to a trust in the Maasai community, which will be used to create an education centre for young people in the region, where they will learn about their health, their rights, and cricket! As part of this, we are starting the #WakeTheLion campaign, encouraging people from all over the globe to share their stories of how sport has changed their life, bound a community together, or even given them renewed confidence. There will be more extensive details shortly about how you can get involved.
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“One of the most important & compelling documentaries released this year.”
BBC News – Warriors Gala Premiere
BBC NEWS Reporter: Joe Wilson Joe Wilson of the BBC reports from the Gala Premiere of Warriors at the Soho Curzon cinema in London. The screening coincided with the Ashes cricket series in England, and was an opportunity for partners and supporters of the film to see their contributions on the big screen.
James Anderson talks ‘Warriors’
WARRIORS Heavy Soul Films James Anderson is England cricket’s most successful bowler of all time, and Executive Producer Warriors. Here he chats about what made him get involved with the film. The screening coincided with the Ashes cricket series in England, and was an opportunity for partners and supporters of the film to see their contributions on the big screen.
Behind the scenes in Kenya
WARRIORS Heavy Soul Films Have a watch of some great memories and fun moments from filming Warriors in Kenya.
Talksport Radio – Warriors director Barney Douglas chats to the Paul Hawksbee & Andy Jacobs (14.30-15.00 slot) – July 2015
BBC World Radio – Maasai Cricket captain Sonyanga Ole Ngais talks about the social messages in Warriors (16.45 slot) – July 2015
AFP – ‘Warriors of cricket and cultural conscience’ – July 2015
New York Times/Tribune – ‘Maasai Warriors bowl over audience’ – July 2015
Lancashire Telegraph – ‘Anderson tries second career as film producer’ – July 2015
CNN – ‘Maasai Warriors drop spears for bats’ – March 2015
Hint Magazine New York – ‘It’s not just sport, it’s style’ – February 2015
Sky Sports News – Video report on the Maasai Cricket Warriors in the UK – August 2103
BBC Test Match Special – Jonathan Agnew interviews James Anderson & Barney Douglas about Warriors – December 2012
The Times UK – ‘James Anderson film link helping Aids awareness’ – December 12th 2012
The Independent UK – ‘Maasai Warriors on the front foot’ – December 2012
ESPNCricinfo – ‘Anderson-cum-Spielberg aims to help Warriors’ – November 2012
The Warriors original score was recorded mainly at Transmission Studios, Brighton, by Ali Gavan and Barney Douglas. Touch-points included the widescreen scope of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks, funky Kenyan psych records and traditional african percussion. Lots of room mics were used to give that feeling of space between the instruments, as well as that ‘in the room’ feel of 60s beat recordings. The tribal drums were recorded in a church in Lewes, giving a huge natural reverb and feeling of space. Percussion involved traditional african drums, bottle tops and even a bicycle chain, along with natural sounds recorded in Kenya, layers of traffic noise, and atmospheres. Very little mixing was done to the final recordings, ensuring an earthy, real and immediate feel to the tracks.
Ali Gavan Drums, Bass, Guitars, Backing vocals
Barney Douglas Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Bess Atwell Vocals on ‘Butterfly King’, ‘Any God’, ‘Lightning Over Me’
Milo Mckinnon Trumpet
All words & music written by Ali Gavan & Barney Douglas
Published by Chester Music Ltd
The Honours Board
Sam Mendes, Melanie Jones, Susan Price, Christopher Burnett, Nicholas Sadleir, Paula Ferrari, Franka Cvetko, S Rowe, P M Fisk, William Quayle, Simon Cowper, Emily Crick, Margaret Wicksteed, James Dillon, Jamie Kellock, David Baldwin, Paul James, Joseph Wilson, Alan Hollis, J.A. Gorman, Matthias Assunção, Tom Goettl, Sally Ross, Jannie Theron, Shirley Riley, Gareth Copley, Elizabeth Phillips, John McDougall, Duncan McFarlane, Andrew Ward, Robin East, William Hews, Grahame Wood, Norman Jones, Eric Burton, Simon Chuter, Mark Perry, Brett McKay, Lauren Maddalena, Andrew Ager, Andrew Moss, Stu Forster, Charlie Wood, Sam Collins, Clare Skinner, Benjamin Langley, Katherine Tancred, Paraga Memusi, Jessica Dawn Winnicki, Daniel Gibbons, Neil Innes, Jill Maxwell, Anthony Brennan, George Dobell, Alexandra Gillett, Sara Spearman, Maureen Wilkins, Annie Scott, Duncan Jackson, Matthew Wilkins, Harry Birmingham, Julian Fox, James Worley, Minal Fulzele, Christopher Pickett, Gareth Whittington-Jones, Terrence J Burke, Margie Cannon, Gareth Storey, Ken Stafford, Lucinda K Feaver, Simon Bray, Julie Balla, Tom Dawson, Jon Armitage, Jillian Church, Sarah Church, Timothy Church, Rory Dollard, Mr Nick C Church, Saidimu Ngais, Helen Skiffington, Jez Bevin, Simon Roberts, Phillip Walker, Chris Teasdale, Andrew Reynolds, Mark Chitty, Nigel Nunn, Jonathan Holmes, Andrew McGlashan, Andrew Miller, Catriona Miller, Matt Shelbourne, Samantha Davies, John & Jacquie Douglas, Len Meredith, Norman Jones, in loving memory of Sue Jones, Penny Maritti, James Watson, Paul King, Mike Atherton, Gaia Bursell, Luke Sutton, Peter ‘Reggie’ Hayter, Stephen Brenkley, Tom Shaw, Jamie Hunt, Dirk Swillens, Amardeep Singh, Kirilly J Herath, Leah Passler, Katrina O’Dea, Francesca Watson, Christine Dubois, Ellian Hindle, Alan Curr, Rebeca Gonzalez, Chris Holland, Geoff Kaile, Sara Torvalds, Ian Garrett, Donald Chapman, Matthew Nash, Richard Williams, Mark Hiley, David Sketchley, James Cannon, Charlie Connelly, Catherine Fry, Brian Scholtz, Claire Bell, John Rudge, Shaun Ellingham, Max Lovell, David Atkinson, Alexander Walker, Philip England, Jane Hannah, Stuart Henshaw, Owen Kilgour, Andrew Beaven, Rhian Evans, Jonathan Agnew, Adam Mountford, Lawrence Booth, Dominic Beer, Martin Vance, Roger Wightman, Stephen Thomas, Jamie Watt, Greg Barrett, Lisa Rogerson, Fiona Hedgcock, Emma Dooley, Kate Green, Albert Mathenge, Ben Rogerson, Andrew Gitau, Erin Marks, Adam Leventhal, Aliya Bauer, Ben Wilkins, Kat Dawson, Gitau Paul, James Anderson, Andy Hobbs, Ed Williams, Helen Gathogo, Geoff Freer. And of course all the Warriors cricket team, the village, and their families.