The film

4,000km of Outback Australia. 4 amateur adventurers. 2 second-hand flying machines. And the largest island on earth… What could possibly go wrong?

The ultimate Aussie adventure story. Four amateur adventurers take two microlights – otherwise known as ‘motorbikes with wings’ – and fly them 4,000km across 4 deserts.

This is the tale of Aidan, Daryl and their fiancées’ dream to pull off a daring feat that few have attempted before. Flying from south to north from Adelaide to Broome, the intrepid couples navigate tough flying conditions, crocodile-infested swamps, and their own personalities.

Led by two Aboriginal guides, including rock ‘n roll royalty, Carroll Karpany (Us Mob), the flying circus heads deep into the spiritual heartland of Australia. Soaring through twenty indigenous language nations, they connect with a culture thousands of years old.

As pure cinema, Motorkite Dreaming is the ultimate bird’s eye view of the Australian landscape. Whether they are swooping low over Lake Eyre, or across the Great Sandy Desert, this film offers a perspective few can ever hope to see in their lifetime.

 

“Motorkite Dreaming takes you on a journey to unexpected places, both spiritually and geographically. It’s a thrilling ride along the songlines of the central desert and the fault lines of the human heart.”

moviereview.com.au  

Adventurers

Aidan Glasby
Aidan Glasby

Remote Area Nurse & Shipwright

A spirited explorer, Aidan’s commitment to health and adventure has seen him sail to Indonesia, build a medical clinic in Ethiopia, and work in many outback indigenous communities.

Daryl Clarke
Daryl Clarke

Technology guru, musician, gardener

A philosopher and peace-maker, laidback Daryl has travelled throughout Australia and the world, searching for culture, education and a challenge.

Lexi Keneally
Lexi Keneally

Remote Area Nurse

Resilient and determined, Lexi is no stranger to the challenges of the Outback – but this time she’s got a stowaway: Lexi is three months pregnant.

Elsie Clarke
Elsie Clarke

Paediatric Nurse

Elsie embarked on Motorkite Dreaming as her first Outback experience, eager to draw on her professional skills as a paediatric nurse, and travel experience ranging from Tonga to Nepal.

Charlie Hill-Smith
Charlie Hill-Smith

Filmmaker, cartoonist and comedian

Charlie has a passion for making cross-cultural films, including the award-winning Strange Birds in Paradise, and jumped at the chance to join his old mate Aidan on the adventure of a lifetime across the heartland of Australia.

Carroll Karpany
Carroll Karpany

Rock legend, Arts and business expert

Ex-member of the seminal Aboriginal reggae/rock band Us Mob, Carroll went on to a long career in business and the arts. A Ngarrindjerri man, Carroll and his mate Bart are the trip’s cultural liaisons and camp bosses.

Bart Sansbury
Bart Sansbury

Audio wiz, Fisherman, Traditional Owner

Vietnam veteran Bart has been Carroll’s audio mixer for decades, since their days on the frontline of Aboriginal activism in the tumultuous 70s and 80s. Bart is a Traditional Owner of the Narunga Nation.

Mylo
Mylo

Chief support dog

Mylo is a six-year old miniature dingo who doesn’t bark. A source of solace and companionship for all, Mylo was a treasured member of the team, who was only chased by a goanna once during the 10-week voyage.

Film release

Motorkite Dreaming has just completed its premiere tour around Australia, and select cinemas are still showing the film for a limited time only.  It is now available to watch online and on DVD.

Motorkite Dreaming is produced by John Cherry’s Intafusion Films, directed by Charlie Hill-Smith and financed by Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Marcus Gillezeau from Pavillion Entertainment and Finance, and Simon Nasht and Ruth Cross from Smith&Nasht are executive producing the film.

Screen Impact is releasing the film with an innovative distribution strategy that combines cinema and community screenings with a digital release.