There is a hidden subculture that exists underground...
literally hundreds of meters underground, and it can be found all
around the world. It has its own internal trade, friends, politics,
and secrets. It is the world of caving, and it is not open to
everyone. Mike and Dave, two caving buddies, show us a small part
of this world, as they push beyond primal fear and struggle
together in a dark, confined, muddy crawl space, determined to find
a new entrance to the spectacular cave - Luckie
In 2016 a dye trace was done that showed the stream from a muddy
little cave called Jr. flowed into the beautiful and much loved
cave Luckie Strike, proving that a natural connection existed
between the two. Since then many cavers have been working together
to connect these caves and create a new exit and through trip for
In this 3 minute documentary, we follow Mike,
Dave and their quirky sense of humour as they struggle, digging in
claustrophobic conditions, in an attempt to connect these two caves
systems together. They share with us the wonders of the hidden, and
closely guarded subterranean world; and we join them in the
anticipation of uncovering a new passage, never seen before by
human eyes. It is a story of friendship, trust, laughter, and
persistence in dangerous situations and in pursuit of an unusual
What is it about this world that keeps them coming back and
continuing in such harsh conditions for what others would consider
such simple goals? Is it the caves and exploration that they love,
or the camaraderie they find in such an unusual passion? How do
they come up against not only real physical boundaries, but also
the limits of the mind - the boundaries of primal fear -and push
LUCKIE STRIKE has been selected by the Loading
Docs Initiative, an incredible launch pad for NZ filmmakers.
Because they wanted to see this film get made too, Loading Docs,
along with principal partner NZ on Air, the New Zealand Film
Commission, and TeMngai Pho, have started us out with an
awesome $4,000 dollars. However, we don't get that money
unless we can reach our Boosted campaign goal. When we reach our
goal, the filming can finally begin!
However, if we go above and beyond the $2,000
necessary, that is where the true creativity and magic can happen.
Because our film is set in such a difficult terrain, specialized
equipment, gear, protection, and lighting are necessary to make
this film. Every donation, every share, every word to a friend or
colleague helps turn this project we are so passionate about into a
reality. By becoming a part of the Luckie Strike support team you
are directly making this film possible.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our
project. Your support is hugely appreciated!
Producer Craig Gainsborough stepped away from
the career path of geologist, crawling around in mines and caves,
in pursuit of his passion for film over 10 years ago. In this time
he has produced over dozens of music videos, hundreds of corporates
and commercials, and numerous short films and documentaries.
Director Melissa Nickerson is passionate about
exploring the world and telling stories through the use of various
visual arts. As a professional photographer for 10 years, she has
been able to travel and explore many different people, cultures,
and lands. Her greatest passion is exploring unusual or hard to
reach social groups and telling their story. Her current project,
Luckie Strike, allows her to explore both her physical limits and
brings new challenges as a photographer and director.
Luckie Strike Documentary Link
11 MONTHS AGO
And here it is! We hope you enjoy and fall in love with the world of caving and Mike and Dave as much as we did. Many hours, many muddy cold feet, and memories. Thanks for helping make it possible!
For behind the scenes images and short clips of what it was like for us on location, check out the page below :).
The Doco Has Arrived!
11 MONTHS AGO
We are so excited to announce that our short documentary is finally finished!
After 9 months of planning, 6 days of filming, weeks of editing, and far to many hours underground in the cold and the mud, we have finally condensed our work down into 3 fun actions packed and humerous minutes.
Thank you so much for your support in this project. Each and every person who contributed went in to making this little film a reality.
Watch, and if you love it, share it for others to enjoy and to help create mo mentum behind the film!
We shot so much incredible footage for this little doco that we are actually continuing to film and edit to create a longer more indepth film that follows the rest of the story of the connection. There is a lot of history, a lot of characters, and many more laughs and incredible underground scenery to be seen. We cant wait to share that with you when its all done either.
Until then, we hope you enjoy this peice we all worked so hard on!
With much love,
The Luckie Strike Team