The Making of Iris Warriors

Iris Warriors has often been described as the project that never should have happened. A dream seven years in the making, it required not just creativity, but also determination, sacrifice, hard work and even a pinch of luck to finally emerge, blinking, into the light.

The Making of Iris Warriors goes behind the scenes of this “impossible” project, takes you on a journey of heartbreak, of elation, of disappointment, but ultimately one of triumph.

  • Meet the people who understood and embraced Donroy’s vision and gave everything they could to make it happen.
  • Meet the dancers who worked 10 hour days to bring the characters to life.
  • Hear from Roydon and Don as they discuss how they overcame the roadblocks and challenges that were thrown at them.

Iris Warriors is a story that will move you, a sight that will enthral you, and a project that will inspire you.

In 2010, Director Roydon Turner, then working as a director of TV commercials, came up with the outline of an original story, a fable of the birth of colour, not married to any religion and layered enough to captivate both adults and children. Furthermore, he wanted it to be told through dance.

But how do you write a script for a dance movie? How do you develop original music? Where do you find dancers and choreographers? How do you get investors interested? Roydon’s journey began with finding a creative partner to share the vision, screenwriter Don Macnab-Stark.

Together they developed the screenplay, fleshed it out, wove a tale that others could understand and enjoy. With the script in hand, they began approaching potential collaborators, and little by little the team and the vision grew.

First on board were the composers, then the investors, and from there, like a snowball gathering speed and mass on its way downhill, Iris Warriors took on a life of its own.

The key decision was to shoot in Cape Town. Once that leap of faith was made, choreography, costumes, makeup, locations, stage design, actors, it all came together in less than 12 months to produce the finished film, the Iris Warriors.

Uniting, working together, is the theme of the Iris Warriors, and in a wonderful example of life imitating art, that has also proven true of the production.

The Making of Iris Warriors goes behind the scenes of this “impossible” project, and takes you on a journey of heartbreak, of elation, of disappointment, but ultimately one of triumph.