"A man who uses medieval role play to deal with the trauma of his past now must face another battle as he fights to keep his community alive."


"A 30-year-old accounts manager and part-time medieval warrior from Western Sydney may battle werewolves and orcs in his spare time, but it soon becomes clear that he is really battling with demons of his own. As a survivor of a violent and damaged childhood, Tadd seeks to reconcile his fractured memories and harness his troubled past to help others.

Amid his move to a new home, funded by a government payout for victims of violence, Tadd must grow his community or make the hard decision to close down the games that saved his life forever. This documentary will join Tadd on his quest to come to terms with his own trauma, save his club, and to provide a safe space for others in the fantasy world of Live Action Role Play."

  • Jemma Craig
    Quetta Brown, Breathe In
  • Jemma Craig
    Quetta Brown, Breathe In
  • Gabriel Murphy
    Enemy Alien, Mata-ne
  • Jemma Craig
    Quetta Brown, Breathe In
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    15 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 22, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    19,000 AUD
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    Digital, 2560 x 144, 422,5.1 25p
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Australian Film Television and Radio School
Director Biography - Jemma Craig

Jemma, a documentary filmmaker from Cairns, Far North Queensland, draws inspiration from her upbringing on the Great Barrier Reef. Her intrinsic connection to nature fuels a storytelling style that delves into human interactions with the world around them.

Raised in a homeschooling environment, Jemma's early years nurtured her introspection and creativity. Transitioning to traditional schooling brought challenges in forging relationships, prompting her to embark on a journey of understanding human connection and empathy.

Her path led her to documentary filmmaking as a way to explore the intricacies of human existence. Her latest work, "Warrior," reflects her commitment to showcasing the transformative power of vulnerability and healing through storytelling.

Jemma's films, rooted in her unique background and driven by a desire to foster connections, inspire viewers to reflect on their own experiences and resilience.

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Director Statement

"Warrior" is an intimate exploration of Tadd's life, a 30-year-old accounts manager and part-time medieval warrior hailing from Western Sydney. This short documentary delves into Tadd's dual existence, where his battles against werewolves and orcs serve as a metaphor for his personal struggles with suicide and depression.

Through candid interviews and evocative visuals, Warrior uncovers Tadd's journey of reconciling a turbulent childhood. This film highlights the power of sharing your story with others, in the quest to help those with similar tales to tell.

As the director, I aim to present Tadd's story as a testament to human resilience and transformation. "Warrior" encapsulates the idea that by confronting our shadows, we can pave the way for healing and growth. This short documentary invites audiences to reflect on their own journeys and connect with the universal theme of overcoming adversity.