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Barney Douglas on the set of 'Warriors'.
Barney Douglas on the set of 'Warriors'.

Q&A: Barney Douglas, Director of ‘Warriors’

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Barney Douglas is a British documentary maker and Creative Director of Heavy Soul Films. Between 2007 and 2014, he was official video producer for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), producing features including the award-winning ‘Swanny’s Ashes Diaries’.  The series went on to receive over 15 million views.

‘Warriors’ is Barney’s first feature-length documentary, released in UK cinemas in November 2015 to critical acclaim.  The film tells the story of a group of Maasai warriors who form a cricket team and use the publicity to campaign against FGM in their community.  You can read a full review of the film here.

‘Warriors’ was released on DVD and iTunes on Monday 25th January 2016.  The original score, co-written by Barney, is also available on iTunes now.

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‘Warriors’ – A heartwarming story for those who don’t like cricket and those who love it

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By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

It’s not often you’re asked to review a film about cricket, the Maasai tribe and female genital mutilation (FGM), but Barney Douglas’ directorial debut successfully draws these strands into a heartwarming and sensory piece.

‘Warriors’ is a work of genuine artistic merit that is – for the first time since 10cc’s Dreadlock Holiday – as enjoyable for those who don’t like cricket (oh, no) as for those who love it.  That’s because ‘Warriors’ isn’t really about cricket, despite England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson being the film’s Executive Producer.  Nor is it really about tribal culture or FGM.  It’s a documentary about role models and courage, about using a platform to stand up for causes you believe in.

And this is a message as applicable to Londoners as to anyone else.

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Category: Cinema