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20 Jan 2016

WARRIORS TO BE RELEASED ON DVD AND DIGITAL ON 25th JANUARY WITH SPECIAL UN SCREENINGS PRE-RIO OLYMPICS 2016

London, UK: Wednesday 20th January 2016 – Today Heavy Soul Films, Verve Pictures and Content Media are delighted to announce that their critically acclaimed documentary WARRIORS will be released on DVD and digital platforms from Monday 25th January ahead of special UN screenings in July before the Rio Olympics 2016. The United Nations’ special screenings programme Ciné-ONU are also delighted to confirm that they will be hosting special screenings of WARRIORS in Brussels on 6th July and in London (date tbc) to help promote the UN’s mandate for Sport and Peace to tie in with the Olympics.

The Original Score for WARRIORS will also be released by Novello on Monday 25th January, featuring a remix of Butterfly King by The Amorphous Androgynous with vocals from exciting new talent Bess Atwell. All songs were written by Ali Gavan & Barney Douglas. The film’s soundtrack also includes tracks from former Oasis star Noel Gallagher, Mercury Prize nominated East India Youth, Cosmo (the solo project of Felix White from UK number one band The Maccabees), and Kenyan artists Jimi Mawi & Afro 70.

Directed and Produced by Barney Douglas, Produced by Michael Elson and Executive Produced by James Anderson, England cricket’s most successful international bowler of all time, WARRIORS is a powerful and moving documentary about a young Maasai warrior tribe who form a cricket team in order to help spread awareness of equal rights and education for women and to bring an end to FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and a change in attitude to HIV and AIDs.

45% of any profit from Warriors will go back to a trust in the Maasai community, which will be used to create an education centre for young people in the region, where they will learn about their health, their rights, and cricket.

Having received critical praise from Empire and Total Film with 4 star reviews for its theatrical release in November, WARRIORS went on to win the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Peace & Sport Awards in Monaco.

Director Barney Douglas said "Warriors has global messages of gender equality & the power of sport. The reaction in cinemas has been stunning and with this release I hope more people will get a chance to enjoy the film. To see such diverse audiences at screenings - from cricket fans, to young women, to social campaigners - has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the journey so far. Lots of people have been asking about the music as well so I'm really pleased that's getting out there. I must thank Gaz Cobain & Brian Dougans for their beautiful remix on the soundtrack - doesn't get much better than an Amorphous remix!"

Warriors continues to be screened at selected cinemas around the UK, all listings can be found on the film’s website: www.warriorsfilm.co.uk   

WARRIORS is available on DVD and iTunes from 25th January 2016 www.warriorsfilm.co.uk   #WakeTheLion. The DVD can be found in all good retail stores and available digitally via iTunes, GooglePlay, Xbox, Amazon, Chilli, CinemaNow, Sainsbury’s and BT.

Content Media is handling the digital EST/TVOD release in the UK & internationally and manages worldwide TV sales & distribution for Warriors.

For United Nations’ special screenings programme Ciné-ONU please visit:
www.unric.org/en/cine-onu

For more information please visit:
www.warriorsfilm.co.uk  
www.twitter.com/warriorsfilm  
www.facebook.com/warriorsfilm  
#WakeTheLion
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NOTES TO NEW EDITORS

WARRIORS TRACKLISTING (Original Score)
1. Warriors Theme
2. The Eye
3. Junkfunk
4. Brothers
5. Lightning Over Me (feat. Bess Atwell)
6. When The Sky Opened
7. Butterfly King (feat. Bess Atwell)
8. The Field
9. So Close
10. Any God (feat. Bess Atwell)
11. Lion
12. Lightning Over Me [Undertow mix]
13. Butterfly King [The Amorphous Androgynous Remix]

All songs written by Ali Gavan & Barney Douglas
Recorded, mixed & mastered at Transmission Studios and Brighton Road Studios
Published by Chester Music

Drums, Bass and Guitars by Ali Gavan
Guitars, Keys and Vocals by Barney Douglas
Vocals by Bess Atwell
Trumpet by Milo McKinnon
Cello by Luke Ellis

FILM SOUNDTRACK
Falling Down (Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Mix) - Oasis
Neon Citied Sea - Cosmo
Heaven, How Long - East India Youth
Black Dialogue - Jimmy Mawi
Afrousa (Move On) - Afro 70

ABOUT HEAVY SOUL FILMS
Founded by Creative Director Barney Douglas, Heavy Soul produce high-end documentaries, music, features, and online content. The "Warriors" soundtrack, which will be released in winter 2015.  www.heavysoulfilms.com

ABOUT VERVE PICTURES
Verve Pictures (www.vivaverve.com) is an independent UK specialist film distributor, with particular emphasis on British and independent films.

ABOUT MAASAI CRICKET
The Maasai were introduced to cricket about 5 years ago by Aliya Bauer and then UK cricket development and AIDS awareness charity Cricket Without Boundaries. Over the last 10 years CWB have worked across Africa coaching over 150,000 schoolchildren as well as training 3000 local coaches. For more information please visit www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com or contact Ed Williams or Luke Sellers.

In 2013 a Flicx cricket pitch was built for the Maasai cricket team by members of 70 Gurkha Field Squadron, part of 36 Engineer Regiment, HM British Army. The project was part of a training exercise undertaken via the British Army Training Unit Kenya.

Maasai cricket partner with 28 Too Many, a charity working to end female genital mutilation. For more information please visit www.28toomany.org

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Barney Douglas Producer/Director
This is his debut feature documentary, having worked in video production for the last twelve years. He has worked extensively all over the globe primarily for the England cricket team, was responsible for the extremely successful “Swanny’s Ashes Diaries”, and now runs Heavy Soul Films. Barney also co-composed the Warriors score with Ali Gavan.

Michael Elson Producer
With over twenty five years’ experience in the film business, Michael has worked on such huge films as Harry Potter, Dredd, Sunshine, Watchmen and Batman Begins.

Ben Wilkins Director of Photography
Over twenty five years’ experience behind the lens, working for numerous broadcasters such as Fox, Disney and Sky Sports.

James Anderson Executive Producer
England cricket’s most successful international bowler of all time, surpassing the likes of Ian Botham, he has been instrumental in gaining exposure for Warriors.

SOUNDTRACK CONTRIBUTORS
Noel Gallagher / Oasis
East India Youth
Cosmo (Felix White from The Maccabees)
Jimmy Mawi
Afro 70