Having run out of fuel on a joy flight, Daryl and Elsie are forced to land in rough terrain. With the sun setting, they quickly refuel and set off on their way. But disaster strikes on take-off: they flip the aircraft on the bumpy ground. Unable to fly, and left with a centimetre of water, they are hundreds of miles from the closest settlement with limited communication to the team. "All the props are fucked"
, Daryl tells Aidan over the radio. Time is running out for the soon-to-be married couple.
"Ever since I was a young fella, and my dad took on me a joy flight in the desert on a microlight, I've had this dream"
, says Aidan gleefully. The couples have put their lives on pause and invested all their money into this trip for very different reasons. "I see a lot of my friends sitting back, playing video games, smoking a bit of pot. And you think surely you can make a bit more of yourself"
, says Daryl. But they are all united by a desire to experience the Aboriginal culture of the Outback. "All of us are keen to see if Aboriginal culture is still strong in remote Australia"
, says filmmaker Charlie.
Early on the group have their fair share of difficulties. From the treacherous skies above the Flinders Ranges, to slippery roads and flipped trailers. Key to their journey are Aboriginal elders Carroll and Bart, and their trusty canine companion Mylo. They are going to introduce the gang to the Aboriginal communities they meet on the way. "In these remote communities they are not used to people dropping out of the sky with cameras"
, explains Carroll. One of their stops is the Football and Music Carnival in Kintore Community. Elsie is nervous about the visit. "I'm still really inexperienced with Aboriginal communities and there's going to be hundreds of people at this football carnival"
. But her fears are misplaced as she is welcomed with open arms.
In Kintore they meet world-renowned artist Morris Gibson, famous for his landscape dot paintings. To give him the bird's-eye view he's never had, Aidan takes him up in the microlight. "It's such a pleasure taking the old fellas up for a fly. They don't say a lot, but I can just tell they love it"
, says Aidan.
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