Australia WA

DugOut (2017)


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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Lowest to Highest

Lowest to Highest

Attempting something that had never been attempted before. The first journey, under purely human power, from Australia’s lowest point, Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre (-15.2m), to the continent’s summit, Mount Kosciuszko (2228m). Cycling over rough terrain, through deserts and up mountains for a distance of 2152 kilometres would be a hard enough for anyone. However, […]

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 […]

Paddle for the North (2015)

Paddle for the North

A canoe film with a strong environmental message: Protect the wilderness! This film has been four years in the making. A really substantial project that sees a load of kayak-mad buddies on a 1000-mile paddle far up in the north of  Alaska and the Yukon. You know you’re in for a treat when the project’s […]

River of Death (1934)

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Real life Tarzan and Jane style anthropology in deepest South America. Aloha Wanderwell was born in Canada in 1906, and at an early age became an American internationalist, explorer, author, filmmaker and aviatrix. While still a teenager, she joined an expedition to travel across the world by Ford 1918 Model T. Aloha began her adventuring career […]

Rowed Trip (2008)

Rowed Trip (2008)

A married couple spend seven months rowing and cycling from John O’Groats to Syria. Colin and Julie Angus are adventure travel royalty. They are dedicated to promoting education through adventure and are possibly two of the most impressive Canadians alive today.  Colin’s 2001 collaboration with Tim Cope, The Yenisey River Expedition, is still in the […]


Unicycle China

A crucial element of the festival and a chance for film-makers to capture the essence of adventure. Here’s the lineup for the short film screening in 2017. From the South UP Stunningly realised solo cycle ride through South America. 2016 • Directed by Brendon Tyree • 21 mins       Idiot Train Hopper Perfect class A […]

Solidream – Aspiration of the Pamirs (2016)

Aspirations of the Pamirs

Three French buddies pedal their revolutionary wooden phat bikes across the peaks and plains of Central Asia. Two years ago this festival shuddered and quaked with the ripples that emanated from the film Solidream. That was the stupefyingly perfect doco that told of four buddies who cycled around the world and made what may be […]

Surviving the Fundy Footpath (2016)

Surviving the Fundy Footpath

A city-slicker townie from Ontario gets hopelessly out of his depth as he tackles one of Canada’s most testing hiking routes. Bruce Persaud is not your average lumberjack Canuk. Totally happy sipping a skinny latte de-caff in a pair of calf-skin moccasins he has never slept outdoors and is more likely to go to the […]

The Eyes of God (2016)

The Eyes of God

Part of a triple bill with “Kapp to Cape” and “Two Bedouin, A Camel And An Irishman”. Latvian extreme canoe legend, Tomass Marnics, assembles a crack squad. They tackle hundreds of miles of one of the most dangerous sections of white water in the world in the peaks of Kyrgyzstan. His crew are expert but […]

Trabants to the End of the World (2015)

Trabants to the End of the World

Crashing through the jungles of South America come three joke cars and an equally useless communist-era motorbike. Dan Priban is The Czech Republic’s leading adventure goon, and we love him. He is an old friend to this festival as the man behind his epic Trabants to Cape Town film of a few years ago. This […]

Two Bedouins, a Camel and an Irishman (2016)

Two Bedouin, A Camel And An Irishman

Part of a triple bill with “Kapp to Cape” and “The Eyes of God“. Long distance walking legend Leon McCarron strides into the Sinai on a 200 mile journey into one of the most dramatic desert landscapes in the world. His guide is the extraordinary Musallem Faraj who teaches Leon that the desert is bursting […]

Voyage of the Southern Sun

Voyage of the Southern Sun

Adventurer of the Year, Michael Smith discovered the delights and perils of true adventure in a solo circumnavigation in his tiny amphibious flying boat, Southern Sun, that retraced historical Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am airmail routes, in search of the glory days of 1930’s aviation. At a leisurely 80 knots, taking his time flying from […]