This is a Darwin International Film Festival screening. DIFF occurs 13-23 September, with screenings all over Darwin. More info: diff.net.au
THIS SCREENING WILL BE PRESENTED BY SPECIAL GUESTS and FEATURE A FINKE RACING VEHICLE DISPLAY
Blood, sweat and tears shed across central Australia at the iconic Finke Desert Race, Australia’s fastest and deadliest off-road motorsport event. The Finke Desert Race is the largest off-road motor race in the Southern Hemisphere and Australia’s fastest and deadliest off-road motor sport event. The route from Alice Springs to the Finke River looks spectacular, but the track is rife with soft sand and corrugations. Finke is more than a race; it is a way of life. Director Dylan River (a competitor himself) explores the race from within: the contestants, organisers, paramedics, and the drive to win against the desert at all costs.
Dylan River (director): Promising young Alice Springs filmmaker Dylan River steps out of the shadow of his father Warwick Thornton with a growing portfolio of award-winning shorts. He is motivated to staying behind the camera, telling stories close to home. FINKE: THERE AND BACK is his debut feature.
Luke Hayes (cast): 23-year old Luke Hayes was born and bred in Alice Springs, growing up on Deep Well cattle station. He has competed in five Finkes since he was 17 years old, his best finish being a 3rd outright in the 2017 results.