Dir Andy Deere, Ryan Heron, New Zealand 2019, 1h35, Recommended cert 15

A warm-hearted and charmingly offbeat documentary about a group of modern knights competing to represent New Zealand in the brutal sport of medieval combat.

Our initiation into this weird and wonderful world comes through the enthusiastic but self-confessedly out of shape rookie, Nick Waiariki. His quest for glory takes him from Rotorua to Taranaki, where he is set to try out for the number one-ranked Kiwi team, the Steel Thorns. Will Nick have what it takes to make it in this highly competitive sport?

Before the screening on Sunday 1 September, Vikingr Hjaltlandi, Shetland’s own Full Contact Medieval Combat club, will be demonstrating their skills outside Mareel.

“Starts out as a love letter to small town New Zealand and develops into a delightful, uplifting ode to working as a team and achieving one’s goals.” - Flicks NZ

During Screenplay, films will begin no later than five minutes after the advertised time – please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to take your seat.

Please be aware you must be aged 15 or over to see this film, and you may be required to show photographic I.D. to gain entry to the cinema.