Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

I Am Thor 2015

Directed by Ryan Wise Incredibly Strange

Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel-bending, brick-smashing metal star in the 70s and 80s whose band never quite made it big. Years later, in this funny and endearing doco, he attempts a comeback that nearly kills him.

Jul 23

Event Cinemas Queen Street

Jul 24

Event Cinemas Queen Street

Jul 25

Event Cinemas Queen Street

USA In English
84 minutes DCP

Director, Photography, Editor


Ryan Wise
Alan Higbee


Christopher Ward


Jon Mikl Thor
Mike Favata
Steve Price
Keith Zazzi
Frank Meyer
Bruce Duff
Rusty Hamilton
Nik Turner
Frank Soda
Michael Pilmer


Slamdance 2015

Forget about that coiffed-up hammer dude from the Marvel Universe. The real Thor was a 70s Canadian competitive bodybuilder who moonlighted as a naked lounge lizard with a Vegas-style cabaret show, singing standards, blowing up hot water bottles, fronting an incredible heavy metal band and starring in mesmerising, cheesy horror movies (Rock & Roll Nightmare). Filmmaker Ryan Wise knew he was onto something pretty special as he began recording the roller-coaster life of perpetual dreamer Jon Mikl Thor after he discovered him making pizzas in the early 2000s. Wise follows Thor’s comeback, documenting his subject’s real-life Spinal Tap existence with hundreds of hours of intimate and revealing footage that will leave you crying with laughter. This truly affectionate doco showcases the world’s most sincere, self-deprecating narcissistic underdog. Watching Thor’s undying fame-quest for world domination is both heartbreaking and inspirational. — AT

“Like another Canuck headbanger portrait, 2008’s sleeper success Anvil! The Story of Anvil, this mix of real-life Spinal Tap antics and underdog rooting value should attract a cult following.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety

Screening With This Feature

Wilbur Force 2015


3 minutes

The former king of New Zealand pro-wrestling-turned-small-town recluse is challenged by his best friend to reconnect with his glory days of battle. Loading Docs short screening with I Am Thor.