Off the Rails (2001)

Arduous conditions, alien cultures aplenty, physically demanding and endlessly humble. This is independent adventure travel film-making at its very best.

lo-res Off the Rails

In 2001, Tim Cope & Chris Hatherly, two twenty-year old Australians travelled for fourteen months on recumbent bicycles. They rode their possibly, highly inappropriate bikes, from Russia, across Siberia and Mongolia, to Beijing. It is as much a story of perseverance, passion, and belief as it is about the people, remarkable landscapes of Siberia and Mongolia. Tim and Chris are not just fearless adventurers but philosophers on wheels, willing and able to open themselves up to everything from the voice of the Steppes to the Russian villagers and the nomads of the Gobi desert. From this they draw an often funny, moving and inspirational tale of living out a dream. Mixed into this journey is the story of their tumultuous relationship as two opposing wills battle it out in the midst of heat, snow and hunger. Tim Cope has attended several of the Australian versions of this festival. He is gracious, charming and crushingly humble, considering his amazing feats. What a guy!

Colour video   52 minutes