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.
A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course towards jail until they meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling cowboy, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts the rural town Armidale. On the road, the boys find their voice, make great friendships and the dogs become national champions. But as the boy’s sleep under the stars at night the trauma is never too far away.
This inspiring coming of age story reveals the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world, and the dogs that help tame their wild ways.
Doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Enjoy drinks and canapes on arrival.