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The Finke Desert Race is the big­gest, fastest and dead­li­est off-road mo­tor race in Aus­tralia.

While the route from Alice Springs to the Finke River is vis­ually spec­tac­u­lar, the track is rife with haz­ards – but for those com­pet­ing, the race is a way of life.

For the first time on Au­gust 26, Bun­bury will screen doc­u­men­tary Finke: There and Back by direc­tor and com­peti­tor Dy­lan Rice as part of the CinefestOZ Film Fes­ti­val.

The film ex­plores the race from within, from the con­tes­tants to the or­gan­is­ers and the will to beat the desert at all costs.

Bun­bury events co­or­di­na­tor Jo O’Dea said the event would in­clude the op­por­tu­nity to gain a deeper in­sight at a Q&A ses­sion at Maker and Co fol­low­ing the screen­ing.

“The fact Dy­lan has made the doc­u­men­tary but is also a par­tic­i­pant in the race means he has got so many dif­fer­ent an­gles and depths he can delve into when he tells the story,” she said.

“We all love watch­ing ac­tion films and ex­treme sport and this is a true ex­treme sport peo­ple do that many Aus­tralians don’t know about and yet it is an in­cred­i­bly fa­mous race.

“It is re­ally great to get lo­cal busi­nesses like South West Yamaha in­volved in talk­ing about the event and hook­ing peo­ple in who have a gen­uine in­ter­est.”

Ms O’Dea said the IndigifestOZ event was made pos­si­ble through fund­ing from the City of Bun­bury. Tick­ets are avail­able at

Photo avail­able at west­ Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

South West Yamaha-spon­sored rider Conor Marchant shows off the Yamaha WR 450F, the same model which won the 2017 Finke Desert Race, to CinefestOz Bun­bury events co­or­di­na­tor Jo O'Dea and in­tern Cat Pow­ell.

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