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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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The Adventure Travel Film Festival is coming to Guildford
The Adventure Travel Film Festival is coming to Guildford! It is a festival that has been inspiring travellers, and armchair travellers, for nearly a decade. And now it is coming to WA for the first time.

the adventure Travel Film Festival, Guildford, Ben Carlin, Half-Safe, Tim Cope, Sandy Robson, Alex Marshall
A still from one of the films at The Adventure Travel Film Festival in Guildford (Photograph courtesy of Alex Marshall)


Alex Marshall, Director of Marshall Arts Boutique Events, the man behind bringing the festival to WA. "I don't think an international film festival has been held in Guildford before. I have always loved travel documentaries but felt that films and TV programs, with their big budgets and support crews, made the dream of adventure travel out of reach for the average would-be adventure traveller.'

The event is based in London but also shown in Scotland and, Victoria—but when Alex went last year in Victoria he fully understood how special the festival is and was blown away by
the content: "…the films I saw were something else entirely, the passion just leapt off the screen. It was fantastic".

The Adventure Travel Film Festival, Guildford, Ben Carlin, Half-Safe, Tim Cope, Sandy Robson, Alex Marshall
A still from one of the films at The Adventure Travel Film Festival in Guildford (Photograph courtesy of Alex Marshall)


The Adventure Travel Film Festival in Guildford will feature thirty-two independent travel films and two incredible vintage travel films over three days. Some are feature length; some as short as three minutes! But they all have such astonishing spirit.

Marshall has complemented the extensive film program with a selection of fascinating speakers to share their travel exploits with the audience, for example Tim Cope, who has travelled the entire length of the Asian steppe, 10,000 kilometres from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback, will give two presentations and take questions about his trip.

One of the more unusual films being shown is a little known and forgotten 1960's TV documentary called The Odyssey of the Half Safe It concerns the unbelievable journey of Ben Carlin, an old boy of Guildford Grammar School.

the adventure Travel Film Festival, Guildford, Ben Carlin, Half-Safe, Tim Cope, Sandy Robson, Alex Marshall
Half-Safe enters Paris in 1955 (Photograph courtesy of Alex Marshall)


While serving in the Indian Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, Carlin become interested in the Ford GPA amphibious jeep. He quipped to his friends: "with a bit of titivation, you could go around the world in one of those things".

The seed was sown. After demobbing from the army, Carlin purchased and modified a GPA which he christened Half Safe. In July 1950 he set off to circumnavigate the globe. Chris
Scott, a UK-based travel writer, described this project, as possibly the most dangerous undertaking in the history of adventure travel. It was a miracle the jeep wasn't sunk and to this day nobody has matched this achievement.

The Adventure Travel Film Festival, Guildford, Ben Carlin, Half-Safe, Tim Cope, Sandy Robson, Alex Marshall
A still from one of the films at The Adventure Travel Film Festival in Guildford (Photograph courtesy of Alex Marshall)


The film was lost apart from a poor DVD of the TV show, the original 16mm film shot by Carlin degraded beyond recovery. But then, Ben Carlin's biographer, Gordon Bass (who will be at the Festival) found a copy at the Hugh M Hefner Moving Image Archive at the University of Southern California and it will be shown for the first time in over fifty years at the Festival.

Full details of the films, speakers and venues as well as booking tickets at a variety of prices may be found and made on the Festival's website here.

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Great assortment of films. Alex the organiser is just so passionate about his film. Definitely worth a look
by Nicle (score: 0|8) 28 days ago
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