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MOTORKITE DREAMING

SYNOPSIS: Two friends - Aidan and Daryl - and their fearless fiancˇs Lexi and Elsie in support vehicles on the ground - set off on a 4,000km journey, flying from Adelaide to Broome across Australia on micro light planes, otherwise known as motorbikes with wings. These 'planes' are just big fabric kites with a lawnmower engine, part blowfly, part tricycle. They are designed for a flight around the park, not across a continent. Their dream is to pull off a daring feat no one has attempted before. Flying from south to north across four deserts, the intrepid couples must navigate extreme conditions, crocodile-infested swamps, and their own fears.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Structured like any (crazy) adventure doco with the preparations leading up to the journey - and hazards - Motorkite Dreaming blends the contemporary with the ancient, the motorkite with the dreaming. It's exhilarating and often strikingly beautiful as the various cameras fitted to the flying gizmos capture the innards of Australia with bird's eye views. And some are aimed with their fixed beady eyes on the pilots themselves, putting them in aerial context.

Touching down and making contact with communities - such as the ones playing footy - adds texture and interest and variety.

The soundtrack is fun and funky and the chit chat at stops adds texture and humour as well as the odd drama as personalities clash over the numerous obstacles and accidents (plus money shortages) and how to overcome them. They aren't spooked when they learn that four microlight pilots had already died at just one of their rest stops.

A notable feature is occasional narration by Carroll Karpany (a founding member of seminal '80s Aboriginal reggae-rock band 'Us Mob'), full of character and history, adding authenticity to the connection to the people and places where these two young Australians fly, like modern birds over ancient lands and its song lines.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

MOTORKITE DREAMING (M)
(Aust, 2016)

CAST: Documentary

PRODUCER: John Cherry

DIRECTOR: Charlie Hill-Smith

SCRIPT: Charlie Hill-Smith

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Various

EDITOR: Not credited

MUSIC: David Bridie, Carroll Karpany

OTHER: Carroll Karpany, Bart Sansbury - Aboriginal guides

RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Screen Impact

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: August 11, 2016







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