All Films

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 […]


Alone Across Australia (2001)

Alone Across Australia (2001)

A film so startling in its concept and perfect in its execution, that you will spend the weeks after viewing, assuming it was all a dream. Australian Jon Muir is one of the world’s leading adventure legends and rightly so. Today, at 56 years old, he is still going strong and is the star attraction […]


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 […]


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 – […]


Cycles South (1971)

Cycles South (1971)

This film pre-dates Easy Rider and On Any Sunday and trumps both! Probably the most politically-incorrect road movie you will ever see. Tired of their everyday life of drinking and women-chasing, three guys jump on their BSAs with $300 apiece and ride from Colorado to Panama to indulge in some, er, drinking and women-chasing. This […]


Deep Water (2006)

Deep Water

This is Class A dynamite! One of the most sensational travel stories of the last century, packed with vintage charm yet geared for the modern audience. From the director of Touching The Void comes an examination of the pressures and ambitions on an ordinary man, in a compelling documentary. The testimony and archive footage are […]


DugOut (2017)

DugOut

Two mates go out to the Amazon, fell a massive tree, make a dugout canoe and set off downstream. In this age of obfuscating politicians and alternate facts, it’s great to have a film title that leaves little to the imagination! Ben Sadd and James Trundle have been dropping in at the ATFF for 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 […]


First Overland (1958)

First Overland (1958)

This 16mm film is so bursting with colour and life it almost hurts to know this magical age of innocence is gone forever. In 1955 six students from Oxford and Cambridge set out in two Land-Rovers to drive from London to Singapore. And why not? After all, no-one had ever done it before. Several expeditions […]


Four Strokes of Luck (2011)

Four Strokes of Luck (2011)

When the curators had the outline of this film explained to them, over a crackling telephone line from Australia, they thought they must have misunderstood. That could never have happened. In 2010 Roly Stokes and Adam Broadbent were doing something that most folk would find pretty exciting; they were riding their motorbikes from Chile, north […]


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 […]


Grass (1924)

Grass (1924)

As well as jaw-dropping long distance travel this stunning film serves up great granite slabs of astonishing social history and anthropology. Once you’ve seen it, you will be richer. It’s unusual to bring the Third Reich into this brochure but here goes: Allegedly, Hitler’s favourite film was King Kong. The giant ape’s tragic journey from […]


Hobo (1991)

Hobo (1991)

Our hobo hosts take us on a railroad journey through a country they think has lost its way. In 1991 Irish film-maker John T Davis, set off on a dangerous, illegal 2,000 mile journey across America, to make ‘Hobo’, his remarkable award-winning intensely personal portrait of an ex-Vietnam vet turned Hobo, who calls himself Beargrease. […]


It’s a Small World (1951)

It's a Small World

Totally unbelievable. Around the world by land and sea in a WW2 amphibious jeep. Ben Carlin first encountered the ford GPA amphibious Jeep whilst in the army during WW2. A seed was planted and in the late 40s he picked one up and set about modifying it so that despite being designed for calm water, […]


Janapar (2011)

Janapar (2011)

Janapar, the Armenian word for ‘journey’.  Around-the-world cycling fused with a touching tale of love in wild and wonderful places. Tom Allen, set off on the get-away-from-it-all trip of a lifetime. Young, naïve and consequently, oozing adventure travel oils from every pore. The purity and perfection of long distance cycling has never been in doubt […]


Kapp to Cape (2015)

Kapp to Cape

Part of a triple bill with “The Eyes of God” and “Two Bedouin, A Camel And An Irishman”. British Iranian basketball legend and financial wizard Reza Pakravan let go of his high-powered city job to start a new career in adventure and cycle (at enormous speed) from Norway to South Africa. This is a delightfully whizz-bang […]


Kayak the Kwanza (2016)

Kayak the Kwanza

Two buddies tackle the longest river in Angola in fold-up vintage 1960s kit canoes. Alfy and Oscar should get a prize just for speed of turnaround! They canoed the length of a not oft-paddled African river in June 2016 and by December had submitted an hour long doco to this festival. Rushed and crappy? No […]


Liemba (2014)

Liemba (2014)

Life aboard an old steamer that still ferries people and goods up and down the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It is a great pleasure to showcase Julie Clavier’s multi award-winning documentary.  The star of the film is an old boat called The Liemba. It is now over 100 years old but still chugs up and […]


Losing Sight of Shore (2017)

Losing Sight of Shore

A  four-woman team spends nine months rowing across the Pacific from San Francisco to Australia, and smashes it. Rather unusually, this ‘best in show’ is not going to be unique to this festival. Why? Because this project, film and epic achievement will resonate down through history for decades to come, totally eclipsing this festival. Rarely […]


Man with a Pram (2016)

Man with a Pram

A Swedish explorer spends 60 days pushing his 2 year-old daughter 400 miles across England in an attempt to understand those that fill this green and pleasant land. Mikael Strandberg is very possibly the most respected and experienced explorer that we have ever had associated with this festival. We thrive on the lo-fi goonery of […]


Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai (2008)

Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai (2008)

Four American friends and their Chinese guide set out on a month long trip to bicycle 1,000 miles of China’s countryside, filming their adventures along the way. Independently produced, this feature-length documentary was shot in China three weeks after the Olympics. Without support vehicles, they were able to capture an intimate and unfiltered look at […]


Mondo Sahara (2013)

Mondo Sahara (2013)

Good-time curator Austin Vince’s latest film is an evangelical call to arms to anyone who wants undiluted, 24 carat adventure motorcycling pleasure. His seven-man, Anglo-American team heads south to the sun, riding 5000 miles in a month from London to the heart of the Sahara, almost entirely off-road! Needless to say, they have hardly any […]


Motosyberia (2007)

Motosyberia (2007)

An incredibly imaginative film of one of the toughest motorcycle trips ever undertaken, a masterpiece! Maciek Swinarski is one of the top adventure film-makers in the world today. His latest film is the story of a seriously hardcore motorcycle ride from his native Poland to Magadan in eastern Siberia, and has made him a household […]


MotoSyberia 2.0 – Reactivation (2010)

MotoSyberia 2.0 - Reactivation (2010)

Adventurous, surreal and utterly original. There is nobody in the world today attempting such penetrating and frankly, bizarre forays into the interior of Russia’s remote far east. No-one that is, except Maciek Swinarski… Swinarski and his Polish co-riders have established a global cult following, and rightly so. Some might argue that riding a motorbike along […]