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The Adventure Pedlars Present . . . 'The Great Game' / Charity, Exhibition, Film, Health & Fitness, Presentation

Sun 29Jan
5:00 PM

Note: This event has finished


The Adventure Pedlars Present . . . THE GREAT GAME . . . . A Film Review “A true story about one man, his truck, and a teddy bear”.

A documentary capturing Kiwi Jon Beardmore’s epic solo overland adventure through 30 countries in Central Asia has its New Zealand premiere at the New Plymouth Boy’s High School in New Plymouth on the 29th November 2016.

Frustrated with a 9-5 career in London as a project manager, Jon quit his job and set out to travel solo 30,000 miles across Central Asia over nine months. His aim: to find out if Central Asia is really as dangerous as we’re led to believe.

With mascot kiwi Ted for company in his 20-year-old Toyota Landcruiser, Jon experienced breakdowns and a drunk mechanic in Uzbekistan, flooding to navigate in China, and a hitchhiking armed border policeman in Georgia. But it wasn’t all drama, with Jon’s friendly and mischievous spirit seeing him gatecrashing an all-male engagement party in Samarkand Uzbekistan, joining the daily border closing party at Wagha on the Pakistan/Indian border, and learning to Bollywood dance in India.

And he captured it all on camera, in his documentary The Great Game: 30,000 miles across Central Asia. The self-shot feature-length documentary film was selected as one of just 15 films for the prestigious annual Adventure Travel Film Festival, winning the New Talent Award for 2016, and with selectors describing Jon as ‘your classic Kiwi. Likeable, understated and terrifyingly determined … a modern day Marco Polo’.

The documentary follows Jon as he negotiates the former Silk Road routes, re-tracing the steps of the players and historical events of The Great Game – the secret war fought between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia in the lonely passes and deserts of Central Asia in the 1800s.

The adventure becomes a true test of perseverance, tenacity and desire to overcome obstacles and the unexpected physical and mental challenges.

Jon Beardmore says: “I became fascinated with the region as a member of the first cricket team to tour Afghanistan and play its national side in Kabul in 2009. I was blown away by the positive nature of the Afghan people and the power of sport to bring change to a challenging part of the world. I knew immediately that I would return one day.

 “The solo overland journey across Central Asia from London to China and back turned into an adventure beyond anything I could have imagined, one that constantly surprised and challenged me, sometimes to point where I questioned my own sanity.

“What has resulted is a film that I am proud to share. I hope it will surprise and entertain in equal measure.”

The Adventure Pedlars are hosting this film review to raise funds towards Afgan Connections. Afghan Connection funds and supports schools, teachers and sports opportunities, especially in rural areas. With our partners we have built 42 schools across Afghanistan, which currently educate over 50,000 children.

Tickets are priced at £5.00 on the door and all proceeds go directly Afgan Connections. Doors open at 5pm and the film will be shown at 5.30pm.


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