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Intriguing and engaging rockumentary that demolishes stereotypes of the mentally challenged, and celebrates the inspirational story of Heavy Load. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Jerry Rothwell follows the British punk band Heavy Load.

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Critic Reviews for Heavy Load

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  • There are times when you don't know whether to laugh or cry but Rothwell avoids any charge of patronising them.

    October 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • This is intriguing, though it gives Rothwell another excuse to appear on camera, which he does with irritating frequency.

    October 3, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The only difference is that three of the five have a learning disability - but in this documentary, which is very funny in places, it's not disabilities that define them.

    October 3, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a shade too earnest for comfort, but there's a tribal exhilaration about the band's brave and tuneless journey from a grubby pub to their first festival.

    October 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Rothwell does a superb job outlining the personalities within the band, and how much they conform, ironically, to well-worn rock-musician clichs.

    October 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • An engaging documentary.

    October 3, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heavy Load

  • Jun 21, 2009
    A simple story very well told. Great fun to watch and the kind of film that leaves a smile on your face.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2009
    a british documentary taking a look at a band called heavy load, which consists of people with mental disabilities. playing covers and hitting the road, a entertaining doc, showing anyone can have ambition and follow there dream
    scott g Super Reviewer

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