Ad­ven­ture comes to town

TOWN TO HOST TRAVEL FILM FES­TI­VAL

Kalamunda Reporter - - Front Page -

GUILD­FORD will host WA’s in­au­gu­ral Ad­ven­ture Travel Film Fes­ti­val next month, cel­e­brat­ing the world’s great­est ad­ven­ture films.

Or­gan­iser Alex Mar­shall said one of the many high­lights of the fes­ti­val was the screen­ing of Odyssey of the Half Safe, a doc­u­men­tary about former Guild­ford Gram­mar stu­dent Ben Car­lin who cir­cum­nav­i­gated the globe in his am­phibi­ous jeep he named Half Safe.

“Ben’s epic jour­ney in 1950 across four oceans and five con­ti­nents set a world record and to this day no­body has matched this achieve­ment,” he said.

“It has been de­scribed as pos­si­bly the most dan­ger­ous un­der­tak­ing in the his­tory of ad­ven­ture travel.

“It’s a mir­a­cle the jeep didn’t sink and that Ben lived to tell the tale.

“It’s in­cred­i­ble he isn’t more fa­mous, per­haps be­cause his story is so un­be­liev­able people don’t be­lieve it ever hap­pened.”

US author Gor­don Bass, who re­cently wrote a book on Car­lin ti­tled The Last Great Aus­tralian Ad­ven­turer, will give a key­note pre­sen­ta­tion at the fes­ti­val.

Other high­lights in­clude a film on Lesmurdie-based Aus­tralian Ad­ven­turer of the Year Sandy Rob­son, who pad­dled a sea kayak 2300km through 20 coun­tries, recre­at­ing the 1930s trip of Oskar Speck.

Mr Mar­shall said the Ad­ven­ture Travel Film Fes­ti­val had been run­ning over­seas for 10 years and was un­like any other film fes­ti­val.

“It is a week­end im­mer­sion into a world where row­ing across the Pa­cific, rid­ing a push­bike the length of South Amer­ica or hop­ping a freight train be­come real pos­si­bil­i­ties,” he said.

“Guild­ford is the per­fect home for this three-day fes­ti­val which has been in­spir­ing trav­ellers, wouldbe trav­ellers and arm­chair trav­ellers across the globe for nearly a decade.

“This his­toric town has al­ways been a stag­ing post for any ad­ven­ture head­ing north or east.

“Just sit at one of the side­walk cafes or pubs on the week­end and see the car­a­vans, four-wheel drives and heavy trucks head­ing out or re­turn­ing from grand ad­ven­tures.

“It even sits un­der the flight path into Perth Air­port, which is a con­stant re­minder of the pos­si­bil­i­ties of travel.”

The fes­ti­val will screen 32 in­de­pen­dent travel films, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional speak­ers across seven his­toric venues from May 25 to 27.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit bit.ly/2qvCmyu.

Guild­ford is the per­fect home for this three-day fes­ti­val which has been in­spir­ing trav­ellers, would-be trav­ellers and arm­chair trav­ellers across the globe for nearly a decade.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d481702

Ad­ven­ture Travel Film Fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Alex Mar­shall.

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