Heavy Load


A year in the life of Lewes’s answer to The Ramones – a punk outfit made up of musician with and without learning disabilities.

heavyload poster 768x576 - Heavy Load


Shot over two years Heavy Load follows the band as they record their first album The Queen Mother’s Dead, the film is a comedy of conflicting ambitions, capturing the sweat and romance of playing in a band as they move out of the ghetto of disability club nights to test whether their dreams can survive in the mainstream.


Image gallery


An APT, Hi8US & MetFilm Production
Directed by: Jerry Rothwell
Producers: Al Morrow, Jonny Persey, Jerry Rothwell
Executive Producers: Christine Lubrano, Andy Porter, Mark Dunford, Luke Montagu
Co-Producer: Stewart Le Marechal
Financier: IFC, ITVS, BBC Storyville

Festivals / Awards

2008 – SXSW World Premiere
2008 – Raindance Film Festival
2008 – Atlantic Film Festival
2008 – St Louis International Film Festival.
2008 – Indie Memphis Film Festival


**** – Total Film

A really, really fine music documentary – Mark Kermode

A Delightful Odyssey – Empire

Funny and Touching – The Guardian

‘…a portrait of a nation with social services and a public so compassionate it makes our own look heartless’ – New York Times

Join the conversation