Catch the Loading Docs collection out now

Posted Tuesday 15 Nov 2022

Catch the Loading Docs collection out now

Be sure to watch this collection of powerful short documentaries, many helmed by WIFT members, screening now on This award-winning initiative from Notable Pictures, is executive-produced by Julia Parnell
The 2022 collection tackles some of the greatest emotional trials of the human experience including elite-level competition, terminal illness and grief, addiction, racism and trauma. From a professional gamer to a former meth addict to a teenage bodybuilder, the subjects of these films share stories of the most vulnerable, desperate and hopeful times in their lives.

Well done to the WIFT members who worked on these documentaries, we've listed you in bold below, with information about your projects.

Click each documentary title to watch it.


A mysterious outbreak of tic disorders among young people leads Dr Robert Bartholomew to question whether social media is making us sick.

Dir: Sophie Black | Prod: Nikhil Madhan


Forty-five years after his parents were wrongfully imprisoned for overstaying, a Tongan New Zealander finally admits the painful truth behind what really happened to his family during the Dawn Raids.

Dir: Alice Lolohea | Prod: Sandra Kailahi              


Determined to break the cycle for her tamariki, one wāhine toa turns her troubled life of addiction and trauma around by rediscovering her wairua and reclaiming her mana.

Dir: Holly Beckham | Prod: Holly Beckham, Jason Crane


New Zealand’s first Tongan swimming champion battles self-doubt and setbacks as she fights for a medal at the Commonwealth Games. 

Dir: Gill Higgins | Prod: Vea Mafile’o, Sarah Stewart


A teenage bodybuilder must take extreme measures to sculpt the perfect body as he pursues his ultimate goal of winning his first bodybuilding competition.

Dir: Harry Wynn | Prod: Lesley Hansen


Seeking joy after his life-threatening diagnosis, a determined father attempts one last adventure with his daughter: an ambitious bike ride that will push them to physical and emotional limits. 

Dir: Keely Meechan | Prod: Keely Meechan, Virginia Wickham

Click here to watch the series trailer 

Image: Jessica Apanui in Mana Over Meth