|Title:||When the Road Ends|
|Review copy:||Vimeo On Demand (also available on Amazon)|
|Length:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Price:||Rent: €5 Buy: €10|
After setting out on a RTW trip with some pretty weird navigational choices Wickrama finds himself in North America wanting to go south.
The further south he gets the more obsessed he becomes with the Darien Gap.
Not wanting to go the Helge Pedersen route chopping down trees to go through the jungle he sets his mind on building a raft, a motorcycle powered raft.
Strapping an air cooled Beemer to a raft and having it power a propeller shaft drive in the middle of the Pacific Ocean might be the. worst. travel concept ever conceived which is probably why he does it.
What the engine might lack in cooling this guy makes up for in droves, the shittier his situation gets (and trust me it gets waaaaaay shitty) the cooler he gets about the whole thing.
While this might be just too hardcore to be truly inspiring as a valid way to cross the gap but the sheer optimism displayed by Wickrama surely is an inspiration to all.
It's a complete roller coaster ride which had me at the edge of my seat at least a couple of times and left me exhausted.
A brilliant story with the finest musical score I've ever experienced from a travel documentary.
I can see why this won Best in show at the Adventure Travel Film festival 2020. Absolutely brilliant.
|Title:||C90 Adventures - Malaysia to UK|
|Length:||1 hour 12 minutes|
This film is about a guy from Devon, UK called Ed March. Supposedly saved from the regional pastime sheep-shagging by a love of tinkering with motorbikes in his shed.
He ships his beloved Honda C90 halfway across the world to Malaysia and then spends 8 months and 14500 miles riding it home.
While in Thailand he actually tries to register a marriage with his C90, I shit you not.
Let's face it, for a RTW-trip it's a rubbish bike, some of the footage is from a mobile phone, Ed obviously has mental issues and he has a propensity for gratuitous nudity and he has a really immature sense of humour.
He also nurtures an intense hatred for big BMW motorcycles and accessories you can't build yourself (which means he would probably either be steaming or pissing himself with laughter if he ever saw my bike).
It's pretty much the exact polar opposite of Long Way Round/Down.
And I loved every second of it.
This is not for the faint of heart as he films himself having diarrhea (thankfully only audio) and a dozen people shitting in a field (in glorious high definition).
Apart from crossing the world on a ridiculously underpowered bike which at one point runs for three stright days with no oil he also takes the time to trek to Mount Everest basecamp and true to form he does that in skate shoes and in far less time than is supposedly safe considering altitude sickness.
Despite the differences in footage quality this is a really solid production which is well put together and with great music (well, perhaps apart from the frequent ABBA-snippets, I'm not that Swedish).
I've definitely never laughed so much watching a travel documentary before and if you watch this and think it's shit then I'm sorry but then we can't be friends.
P.S. Ed has since embarked on another journey, this time from Alaska to Argentina and he has made that into a series on youtube so check out his channel.
|Title:||A story worth living|
|Review copy:||Vimeo On Demand|
|Length:||1 hour 24 minutes|
|Price:||Rent: €5 Buy: €9|
|Producers:||Jon Dale,John Eldredge,Sam Eldredge|
I read in forums about this where it got completely slaughtered by the ADV riding community.
I also read that they even gave refunds to those that requested it at the screening.
Like a rubbernecker riding past the scene of a horrible accident I just had to see for myself what it was about.
What a mistake that was.
First of all the positive, and there is just one positive thing I can say about this:
There is some really epic drone footage in this but not by far enough to save it to something I would recommend watching.
The rest of it is basically a bunch of middle-aged to real oldtimer dudes filming themselves sitting around talking.
They're not even talking about motorcycles, it's all just quasi-philosophical bullshit.
And just when you just don't think it can possibly get any worse it gets evangelical.
I read a challenge somewhere to do a drinking game to this and take a shot every time anyone says the word story.
I can't see anyone surviving that as they say story 15 times in the first 5 minutes alone.
85 times in the total duration of the film. That's more than once a minute ffs!
(Yes, I counted, it wasn't like I had to concentrate very hard to keep up with the narrative because that was dead in the water from the first frame).
The most hilarious part of the film is when they shout out loud warnings to each other about a puddle with less than an inch of water, I'm no hardcore adventure rider myself but give me a break.
This isn't a motorcycle film, I don't really know what it is or what it is supposed to be other than something I'd recommend you'd stay as far away from as humanly possible.
A story worth watching it definitely isn't.
|Title:||A Kurdish Movie|
|Review copy:||Vimeo On Demand|
|Price:||Rent: €3 Buy: €10|
|Producer:||Claudio Von Planta|
||Iraq, Kurdistan Region|
The legendary filmmaker that made Long Way Round/Down the eposes that they are Claudio Von Planta heads out on another adventure, this time along with Billy "Biketruck" Ward.
It's definitely fair to say that they have chosen the path less travelled by going to the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, by all accounts a war-zone to scope out the territory for future guided tours.
As transport they are actually lent a couple of bikes from the Kurdistan traffic police complete with lights and sirens which to be honest is pretty fucking cool.
The film is quite watchable as Cloudios filmmaking style is very immersive and it's very obvious that he and Billy get along very well as they have great chemistry.
That they've chosen to explore a to most westerners completely unknown region also makes this a bit of a novelty and peaked my interest immediately.
As far as the content is concerned this is definitely more of a travel documentary as the motorcycle element is not very prevalent.
An entertaining watch.
|Title:||Where the glacier meets the sky|
|Review copy:||Vimeo On Demand|
|Length:||1 hour 30 minutes|
Iceland, a breathtakingly beautiful country well captured by filmmaker Shawn Edmondson.
Shawn travels to Iceland along with his friend Kevin and they rents couple of BMW:s to travel around the island for a two week long ride.
He fully immerses himself in the Icelandic culture even trying the local delicacy Hákarl (fermented shark meat) and interviewing charming locals.
The music is nice, the scenery is absolutely stunning with sublime drone footage and the production is stellar from what as I understand it is an amateur filmmaker.
This film well exceeds many professional studio productions and the fact that Shawn have made this freely available is a gift to all who enjoys a bit of adventure.
A thoroughly enjoyable production.