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FIFTY - The Movie

FIFTY – The Movie follows one man's bold attempt to run 50 mountain marathons over 50 peaks in just 50 days, all around NZ, to raise an enormous amount of money for the Mental Health Foundation.
The movie, described by Trail Run Magazine as a “landmark film” is every bit as unique and ambitious as the adventure it traces. It’s about so much more than just stunning mountain scenery and awesome trail running. It’s also about the ‘power of purpose’ and what is possible when thousands of people get together behind one man to help achieve something truly and utterly remarkable.

  • John-Jo Ritson
  • John-Jo Ritson
  • Malcolm Law
  • John-Jo Ritson
  • Malcolm Law
  • Malcolm Law
    Key Cast
  • John-Jo Ritson
  • Aaron Smart
  • Matt Jenke
  • John-Jo Ritson
  • Malcolm Law
    Assistant Editor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Adventure, Mountain Running
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 11, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
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Distribution Information
  • Self-distributed through Vimeo on Demand
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Video on Demand, Video / Disc
Director Biography - John-Jo Ritson

John-Jo is the creative force behind our documentary. He directed the filming, shot a good proportion of the content and has been working tirelessly in the editing suite for months to bring the project to fruition.
He has been working as a Freelance Run and Gun style camera/editor in New Zealand for many years, creating content for snow-based brands and ski fields alike. He followed the snow around the globe in back to back winters and created marketing videos for Lake Louise Ski Field, Canada; Nesiko Academy, Japan; and Treble Cone Ski Field, New Zealand
In April 2014 he decided to settle in New Zealand full-time and set up Flashworks Media Ltd. In the short time since then he has created content for several advertising agencies along with local and international companies. He has specialized in aerial filming and action/extreme sports such as skiing, snowboarding, biking, and most recently, multisport racing around NZ with the GODZone Adventure Race.
He has created content for:
AUDI, Mazda, Ford, Corona, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone Ski field, Lake Wanaka Tourism, European Ski Technology Company PowUnity and others.

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Director Statement

“It was clear that the High Five-0 Challenge for Mental Health was an epic story. I saw it as my duty as the filmmaker to make sure FIFTY did justice to Mal’s extreme mission and the epic tale that unfolded.
When I finally sat down in the editing room, I had 3.5 Terabytes of video to work with. Creating FIFTY – The Movie was a marathon in itself! I could have told this story an infinite number of ways, however I wanted to do more than just document going up and down mountains. I needed to show the community that surrounded the challenge, the beauty of New Zealand and the enormity of what Mal took on - along with all the trials and tribulations that unfolded along the way. After weeks of filming and months of editing I am very happy with what we have created. It has been very humbling having such positive reviews from some very prominent figures, such as Sir Ranulph Fines and Anna Frost.
I hope FIFTY inspires people to take on big challenges of their own, as well as going some way towards bringing down the taboo around mental health, showing that getting out there and being active can really help our mental wellbeing.
I also hope people realise that mental health is just like our physical health. We all have it, and if we don’t look after it we can have problems. However, just like a physical issue, mental issues can often be put right with the right course of action.
It has truly been an honour creating this film, working with so many fantastic people. I thank everyone for sharing their stories along the way.”