SWIFF Preview Gala - Backtrack Boys
Be the first to see the full line-up of films for SWIFF 2019, hot off the press, when we launch the festival program on Saturday December 8 at the Jetty Theatre.
Joining us on the night will be the extraordinary team from Backtrack for the screening of ‘Backtrack Boys’, the new Australian documentary that has captured the hearts of festival audiences.
Winner of the Audience Award at both Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, ‘Backtrack Boys’ follows three Aussie boys on a rocky path towards ‘juvie’ until they meet a rough talkin’, rule-breakin’ jackaroo and join his legendary dog jumping team.
Backtrack is a youth program that Bernie Shakeshaft runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale. It’s a place where kids can feel safe, continue their education, but most importantly it’s where they learn to support each other and pursue their dreams. Meet Zack, Rusty and Alfie as they travel to rural shows with Bernie’s dog jumping team and muster up the courage to prove to the world they can turn their lives around.
On the road the boys camp out around the fire and sleep under the stars but the trauma from the past is never too far away. The boys must constantly step up and push themselves and some days can be harder than others. Filmed over a year, this inspiring story reveals the challenges these young people face as they try to find their place in the world – all with the help of Bernie and his trusted dogs.
Doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Enjoy drinks and canapes on arrival.