Extraordinary tales coming to Guidford as part of Adventure Travel Film Festival


Alex Marshall standing next to the jeep Half Safe which Ben Carlin donated to Guildford Grammar. In addition, Guildford Grammar, to whom Carlin donated the jeep Half Safe, as well as many of his personal possessions from the trip will conduct tours of their museum containing the Carlin collection as well as “Half Safe” herself. Picture: David Baylis.
Alex Marshall standing next to the jeep Half Safe which Ben Carlin donated to Guildford Grammar. In addition, Guildford Grammar, to whom Carlin donated the jeep Half Safe, as well as many of his personal possessions from the trip will conduct tours of their museum containing the Carlin collection as well as “Half Safe” herself. Picture: David Baylis.

GUILDFORD will host WA’s inaugural Adventure Travel Film Festival next month, celebrating the world’s greatest adventure films.

Organiser Alex Marshall said one of the many highlights of the festival was the screening of Odyssey of the Half Safe, an extraordinary documentary about former Guildford Grammar student Ben Carlin who circumnavigated the globe in his amphibious jeep he named Half Safe.

“Ben’s epic journey in 1950 across four oceans and five continents set a world record and to this day nobody has matched this achievement,” he said.

“It has been described as possibly the most dangerous undertaking in the history of adventure travel.

“It’s a miracle the jeep didn’t sink and that Ben lived to tell the tale.

“It’s incredible he isn’t more famous, perhaps because his story is so unbelievable people don’t believe it ever happened.”

US author Gordon Bass, who recently wrote a book on Carlin titled The Last Great Australian Adventurer, will give a keynote presentation at the festival.

Other highlights include a film on Lesmurdie-based Australian Adventurer of the Year Sandy Robson who paddled a sea kayak 2300km through 20 countries, recreating the 1930s trip of Oskar Speck.

Mr Marshall said the Adventure Travel Film Festival had been running overseas for 10 years and was unlike any other film festival.

“It is a weekend immersion into a world where rowing across the Pacific, riding a pushbike the length of South America or hopping a freight train become real possibilities,” he said.

“Guildford is the perfect home for this three-day festival which has been inspiring travellers, would-be travellers and armchair travellers across the globe for nearly a decade.

“This historic town has always been a staging post for any adventure heading north or east.

“Just sit at one of the sidewalk cafes or pubs on the weekend and see the caravans, four-wheel drives and heavy trucks heading out or returning from grand adventures.

“It even sits under the flight path into Perth Airport which is a constant reminder of the possibilities of travel.”

The festival will screen 32 independent travel films, national and international speakers across seven historic venues from May 25 to 27. For information go to bit.ly/2qvCmyu.

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