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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.