Taranaki adventurer's travels to be made into documentary
After being part of the first cricket team to tour Afghanistan in 2009 Jon Beardmore couldn't go back to sitting at his desk.
Instead the Taranaki-born project manager quit his job in London to document his travels across Central Asia for nine months.
Now his exploits will be showcased at the Adventure Travel Film Festival, which runs in London from August 12 to 14.
Titling his work "The Great Game", Beardmore said the motivation for his project came from his travels with the Sussex club's Ditchling cricket team, who played against the Kabul side in 2009.
"I was blown away by the positive nature of the Afghan people and the power of sport to bring change to a challenging part of the world," he said.
"I knew immediately that I would return one day."
Beardmore said his Central Asia adventure turned into an something he could never have imagined and even drove him at times to question his own sanity.
"What has resulted is a film that I am proud to share," he said.
"I hope it will surprise and entertain in equal measure."
Beardmore's documentary re-traces the steps of "The Great Game" the secret war fought between Britain and Russia throughout Central Asia in the 1800s.
His aim was to find out whether Central Asia was as dangerous as we're led to believe.
Travelling in a 20-year-old landcruiser he battled through breakdowns, floods, drunk mechanics and managed to get himself invited to an all-male engagement party in Uzbekistan.