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14 Horsepower through Africa (1935)

14 Horsepower through Africa (1935)

The vintage films at this festival are always a treat, if only to humble us modern day travellers who fancy ourselves as ‘explorers’. It’s all been done before! There exist only a few film documents from the early years of motorcycle travel. This is a rare and spectacular example from those times – an overland expedition from […]


20,000 Miles on A Horse (2007)

20,000 Miles on A Horse (2007)

They say that certain TV commissioners will order a series simply on the strength of a good title. If anyone can come up with a better one than this then there’s a prize of £1.27 waiting for them at the registration tent!  Louis Bruhnke (American)and Vladimir Fissenko (Russian), celebrate the new détente of glasnost by […]


Above and Beyond Dream (2010)

Above and Beyond Dream (2010)

In a field of already spectacular films this masterpiece will have you shaking your head in disbelief and muttering: Could anything be more perfect? Benjamin Jordan’s idea was simple; to power paraglide across Canada, set a Guinness world record but above all, to raise funds for children’s camps across his great nation. He achieved all […]


African Odyssey (2005)

African Odyssey (2005)

Four youngsters from New Zealand motorcycle from Cape Town to London. Armed with no motorcycle experience and a borrowed camera, four friends from small-town Whakatane, New Zealand, decided to screw the job, the good advice and stories about Africa and set off on the adventure of a life time – crossing the length of the […]


Arctic Air (2014)

Arctic Air (2014)

This festival is pleased, nay, proud, to promote the hardy world of human-powered adventure travel alongside the trans-global epics achieved by people on motorbikes, horses and cars. This exquisite film falls into the former category. The McCann brothers make their way to Greenland and then arrange to be dumped in the most inhospitable location. They […]


Back of Beyond (1954)

Back of Beyond (1954)

A stunning verité epic that whilst ostensibly a documentary contains elements of fiction and fantasy that make for a rather unsettling experience. Never has straight factual been so weird. An award-winning Australian documentary film produced and directed by John Heyer for the Shell Film Unit. In terms of breadth of distribution, awards garnered, and critical […]


Between Home – Odyssey of an unusual sea bandit (2012)

Between Home - Odyssey of an unusual sea bandit (2012)

Artist and amateur sailor, Nick Jaffe, has been living in Berlin and has decided to take the long way home to Australia. Some call it brave, others think it’s crazy, but Nick decides to sail solo from the UK to Australia, negotiating the treacherous waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The camera onboard his […]


Building the Alcan Highway (1947)

Building the Alcan Highway (1947)

Full colour US Army Corps of Engineers uncut, uncensored, bulldozer action. Prepare to faint at the quality of improvised timber bridges in this film!  Often cited as one of the ten most essential road-trips of all time, the Alcan Highway, from Dawson Creek BC to Delta Junction AK, has gone into overland travel folklore. Even […]


C90 Adventures: Malaysia to UK (2013)

Ed's Arse

Never has so much lo-fi DIY madness been fused so perfectly with crystal clear imagination and vision. In 2011 Ed March posted his pizza bike to the other side of the world with the aim of riding it home. There was no plan, no script, no backup crew and no-one to tell him what a […]


Call of the White (2009)

Call of the White (2009)

The Adventure Travel Film Festival is always keen to debunk the myth that the square jawed ‘adventurer’ is male. An all-woman team attacks the South Pole and is victorious! Turn your computer on and start googling ‘Felicity Aston’. This staggeringly adventurous alpha-female ice maiden is a legend in the European snow-scene and rightly so. In […]


Camping with the Barstows (1957-61)

Camping with the Barstows (1957-61)

Robbins and Meg Barstow and their three children were a normal Connecticut family who lived the post-war Eisenhower consumer goods-supported American dream. Amongst Robbins’ most prized possessions were a range of 8mm and 16mm home–movie cameras. How Robbins would tut-tut if he saw today’s profligate Go-Pro antics. Not for the Barstows the world of point […]


Cape Horn Passage to California (1936)

Cape Horn Passage to California (1936)

See what it was like back in 1937 to beat (sail) around Cape Horn against the prevailing westerly winds known as the ‘roaring 40s’ in the 1885 German-built pilot schooner WANDER BIRD. With his young family (wait till you see what the children get up to in the rigging!) and only a small crew Capt. […]


Continental Drift (2013)

Continental Drift

An exciting 25,000-mile motorcycle ride from London to Sydney by two ordinary men looking for the trip of a lifetime.   It took just ten seconds for Darren and Dave, both keen motorcyclists and amateur film makers, to decide to travel half way around the world and ‘Just do it!’  The task was simple – […]


Ella Maillart – Double Journey (1939 & 2015)

Ella Maillart - Double Journey

With Europe about to boil over into war, two urbane young ladies decide to drive from their home in Switzerland to India. Ella Maillart and Annemarie Schwarzenbach are Switzerland’s best kept travel secret. Back in spring 1939, Europe was a volatile cauldron of political madness and they sensed that sanity could be found on the […]


Expedition Yemen: 120 Degrees in the Shade (2013)

Expedition Yemen: 120 Degrees in the Shade (2013)

‘You´ll die. Or get kidnapped by Al Qaeda. What you want to do is impossible!’ That is what all the experts and Yemenis told Swedish travel nut Mikael Strandberg. But he has done what they all said was impossible. That in itself is surely at the heart of this festival. People have been trying to […]


Familia Ciclista (2015)

Familia Ciclista

It is June, and the middle of winter. The surface is a blinding expanse of white – salt not snow. The riders, a Canadian Couple and their two young children, are bundled in jackets, furiously pedalling their bicycles. Eight months cycling from Patagonia to Bolivia taught them the freedom of bikes and an open itinerary, […]


General Idi Amin: Self Portrait (1974)

General Idi Amin: Self Portrait (1974)

Most of us will remember the 2006 movie ‘The Last King of Scotland’ and its account of a fictional doctor who ended up being Idi Amin’s personal physician. U.S. star Forest Whitaker received plaudits worldwide for his portrayal of the gruesome Amin. What is clear, upon watching this film, is that the real Idi Amin […]


Go Ganges! (2012)

Go Ganges

Two Americans in India on a quest to travel the ultimate river.  What could possibly go wrong? We last met the effortlessly personable travellers Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley back in 2012. They were the cool cats behind Paddle To Seattle and their adventure credentials are copper-bottomed. This time they aren’t restricted to their expedition […]


Going the Distance (2015)

Going the Distance (2015)

Brit newlyweds Mike and Alanna Clear decided to do things in reverse. So they spend their first three years together, testing their marriage to destruction! They bought a 1930s styled URAL motorcycle and sidecar, shipped it to Alaska and then set their sights on Ushuaia, 20,000 miles away in Argentina. Rather brilliantly, the stress kicked […]


Gold of Bengal (2014)

Gold of Bengal (2014)

This is the proof that after 363 empty days without a film-festival, the wait is over! Oh Lordy, another staggeringly good film of an achingly perfect project. French engineers, Corentin de Chatelperron is our utterly gorgeous host who takes us on a sailing trip we’ll never forget. Not for him the heart-of-darkness gloom of Donald […]


Harlan County USA (1976)

Harlan County USA (1976)

Oscar-winning documentary and stirring snapshot of people-power in 1970s Kentucky. Director Barbara Kopple captures raw humanity at its best, and worst. Bring a hanky… This film may not seem like an obvious selection for this festival but at its heart the ATFF is essentially all about getting into the soul of places and their people. […]


Himalayan Adventure (1958)

Himalayan Adventure (1958)

An inspiring short film from the 1950s ‘housewife explorers’ who defied convention and made history. In 1958, three English housewives bought a Land Rover and drove it all the way from London to Zanskar, then a part of Tibet. Over five months Anne Davies, Eve Sims, and Antonia Deacock drove 16,000 miles before travelling another […]


Hitchtanbul (2013)

Hitchtanbul (2013)

Dimitri and Karsten are heroes of this festival. They take DIY goonery to a new level and via one of our favourite mediums, hitch-hiking. This festival firmly attests that there’s no sweeter adventure than being thrown into the cab of a total stranger’s car and having to ‘get on’. The class-A, 24-carat uncertainty of what […]


In Search of a River in War-Torn Africa (2014)

In Search of a River in War-Torn Africa (2014)

Angola is something of an enigma. Its oil and diamonds have made it the fastest growing economy in Africa, yet the majority of its population live below the breadline. Its 27-year war left it devastated, and although in full recovery, it has still forgotten the meaning of the word, ‘tourist’. This film is part of […]