Beyond the Cage

Directed by: Grischa Schwank & Warren Miles
10 minutes

Beyond the Cage follows and explores the real lives, trials and tribulations of two active Mixed Martial Arts fighters in the UK. Examining the psychology and motivations of each fighter exposing the juxtaposing views and attitudes towards competing. Each character has his own unique take and reason to compete in the cage, be it reward, glory or desire to test ones strength.
Contradictions of extreme violence and beauty of discipline and excess have long been a source of inspiration for writers and film makers alike. In that sense the film draws a unique perspective on masculinity, male violence and pride. Albeit some of the content is based in violence by the very nature of the subject matter, the real examination is the human condition and the parallel between warrior and human, and challenges the traditional perception of masculinity. The film shows the ways in which men participate in MMA at a variety of levels and the interconnections between the fighter and their private stories.

Part of the Raindance MA Showcase

Grischa Schwank
Warren Miles
Strands: Shorts