Meet the filmmakers 

Mal Law is the man who dared to dream up the High Five-0 Challenge and the movie that would tell its epic tale.


“Three years of my life have been given to planning, executing and now telling the story of this epic challenge. I’m very proud of the result”


Mal has a big reputation in the world of adventure and trail running, with numerous firsts to his name, including being the first person to run 7 of our Great Walks in 7 days (2009.) All his big adventures have been charity fundraisers and to date these have raised almost $800,000. He is a three-time nominee for New Zealander of the Year and has twice been awarded a ‘Local Hero’ medal by the New Zealander of the Year Awards (2012 and 2016)

Mal enjoys filmmaking as a means of telling stories about his adventures and has been assisting John-Jo with editing the 85 hours of footage captured during the fifty-day adventure.

For further information about Mal see

John-Jo Ritson, Founder of Flashworks Media was Producer – Director – Filmer – Editor – Colorist on FIFTY – The Movie.


“Creating FIFTY – The Movie was a Marathon in itself!”


“It was clear that the High Five-0 Challenge for Mental Health was an epic story. I saw it as my duty as the filmmaker to make sure FIFTY did justice to Mal’s extreme mission and the epic tale that unfolded”

When I finally sat down in the editing room, I had 3.5 Terabytes of video to work with. I could have told this story an infinite number of ways. I wanted to do more than just document going up and down mountains every day. I needed to show the community that surrounded the challenge and the beauty of New Zealand; and go some way towards bringing down the taboo around mental health and convey that getting out there and being active can really help our mental wellbeing.

After weeks of filming and months of editing I am very happy with what we have created. I hope this inspires people to take on big challenges of their own. I also hope people realise that mental health is just like our physical health. We all have it, and if we don’t look after it we can have problems. However, just like a physical issue, mental issues can often be put right with the right course of action.

It has truly been an honour creating this film, working with so many fantastic people. I thank everyone for sharing their stories along the way.”

Contact John-Jo Ritson here: / +64 (0) 210423946 or head over to the contact page of Flashworks Media

Learn more about him by clicking here. You can watch his showreel here, and head over to

A huge thanks to these guys for the amazing contribution to the filming of FIFTY- The Movie:

Matt Jenke, Silver Eye Films:


Aaron Smart: