The Insecurities of a Washed-Up Pro Wrestler

Wilbur Force used to be the king of New Zealand professional wrestling—in shape and a veritable champion in the arena. In this touching and quite funny short film, director J.Ollie Lucks explores his friend’s fall from former glory as Wilbur Force stopped booking matches. “It’s not something I want to wave the flag of: Hey, I’m a failure,” Force says. “You kind of lose a little bit of hope, I guess.”

The Loading Docs initiative supports 10 filmmaking teams to create three-minute, creative documentaries that tell New Zealand stories. This year’s theme is connection.