NEW RELEASE: Loading Docs Season 7 Sees Filmmaker Ashley Williams Honour her Late Uncle by Learning to Fly

An inspiring group of eight documentaries were released this morning under Season 7 of Loading Docs, a Notable Pictures initiative that produces short documentaries, with an aim to develop and promote New Zealand filmmaking talent.

This season’s release sees filmmaker Ashley Williams embarking on a journey to celebrate the adventurous life of her late Uncle Clive by taking a leap of faith and learning to fly.

A decade after his death, Ashley takes off on an emotional journey of reconnection. Following in her Uncle’s larger-than-life footsteps, she wants to do one of the things he loved most — fly like a bird.

“My Uncle Clive was this larger than life guy who inspired me to be adventurous. Since he died, I’ve lost that,” she says about what motivated her to chase this story.

Ashley is a Wellington-based director driven to find human truths in her stories. In 2017 she won the ‘Super8x8’ challenge and was awarded best regional female director, by Gaylene Preston, in the 48-hour film competition. In 2019, she interned on Savage with director Sam Kelly, supported by the NZFC. She also co-wrote and directed Super Special for Someday Stories, which premiered on Stuff.co.nz with half a million views in the first week. Going Home is her first documentary project.

Watch Going Home below:

All eight documentaries are available to view for free on the Loading Docs website.

Loading Docs is a multi award-winning short documentary initiative achieving over 13.9 million views to date and providing mentorship to documentary makers through the development process, crowdfunding, production and distribution.

Loading Docs is a Notable Pictures initiative made with support from NZ On Air, alongside the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.

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