The London Australian Film Festival presents the London premiere of Backtrack Boys, an inspiring and life-affirming documentary about wayward youth, the power of redemption and some amazing dogs.
An uplifting story like no other. A group of boys, lost within a world that doesn’t care, are on a perilous course towards jail until they are taken under the wing of the soft talking, and highly insightful “jackaroo” farmer, Bernie Shakeshaft, who transforms their lives through learning to train the dogs of his prize-winning jumping team.
Filmed over two years, this observational documentary focuses on three boys at different stages of the programme. Bonds are developed and healing begins, but the risk of falling back into old habits is never far away.
This inspiring coming of age story reveals the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world, alongside the dogs that help tame their wild ways.
Roundly praised as one of the finest Australian documentaries of the past year, director Catherine Scott has woven a sensitive, deeply humanist narrative about connection, rehabilitation, and hope.
"an immensely powerful film…one of the finest documentaries of 2018...one of the best Australian films of the year " – The Curb
A student short film will precede the main feature. Australian snacks and lollies (sweets) on sale – cash only
FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING TEAM
Never heard of dog jumping – neither had we and, wow, are we now happy we have! This film will make you want to shout encouragement at the screen & your heart will sing with joy.