THE ROAD TO PATAGONIA

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Genre: Documentary | Rating: | Runtime: 90 Minutes

Q&A with Matty Hannon & Heather Hillier after the film.

The Road to Patagonia is a stunning, intimate and unflinching series of love letters within a documentary – firstly a love between two people, and secondly between humanity and the Earth. We follow Matty Hannon on an incredible solo adventure, to surf the west coast of the Americas by motorbike, from the top of Alaska to the tip of Patagonia. But deep in the wilderness - alone with the wolves and the bears - the journeyer’s plans unexpectedly fall to pieces. After losing everything, and on the cusp of quitting he meets the girl of his dreams, a permaculture farmer named Heather Hillier who throws caution to the wind and sells her urban-farm to buy a bike of her own. Together riding south, the duo meet with Zapatista rebels, Amazonian shamans and Mapuche leaders whose salient words crack the adventurers’ cultural veneer, leaving them with existential questions.

The 50,000km surfing odyssey becomes beautifully complicated by their decision to downshift from motorcycles to horseback, presenting a relational approach to the breathtaking landscapes and a host of challenges that ultimately become extremely rewarding. Hannon and Hillier succeed in beautifully capturing deeply human moments during the world-first expedition, and the noticeable lack of camera-crew becomes The Road to Patagonia’s strength. The theme of deep ecology underpins the entire film, visually communicated through exquisite cinematography and emotional veritĂ© sequences. Shot over 16 years, the result is an adventurous exposĂ© on the more-than-human world, offering a physical and spiritual odyssey to better understand our place in Nature.

Winner - Best Film and Best Documentary - Byron Bay International Film Festival
Winner - Best Documentary - Florida Surf Film Festival
Winner - Audience Choice award - Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
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