The continent of Africa is the worlds last great frontier and riding a motorbike from top to bottom is one of biking’s greatest challenges. From Cairo to Cape Town, across 20,000 grueling kilometers, 16 motorbike riders from around the world take on that challenge. For 80 days, they battle blazing heat, treacherous roads, suffocating bureaucracy and bone crunching crashes, attempting to join a very elite group of people to have succeeded.
With so many changes happening in the world right now, there couldn’t be a more difficult time to attempt this ride. Starting in Egypt, under constant police and military guard, they ride into the land “where time forgot”, Sudan, experiencing a culture rarely seen. Crossing borders in between skirmishes, they enter “the cradle of Civilization”, Kenya and Tanzania. Riding the vast savannahs and witnessing the worlds’ greatest wildlife spectacle on the African plains. And that’s before the riding gets tough; gravel, sand, dirt and spectacular lightning storms though Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa
It’s an incredible journey of vast sandy deserts, high mountain passes, never ending savannahs, teeming with animals and on roads and tracks that seem impassable.
Produced by Thought Films, this thirteen part series, each episode a window on a world you never knew existed, together an unforgetable journey into the heart of the worlds oldest inhabited continent
Focusing on African innovation, addressing today’s and tomorrow’s problems with courage and imagination in equal measure. These are stories of hope coming from Africa, of love and laughter as well as serious and committed action in often difficult circumstances.
Excerpt from Sydney Morning Herald.....
"Award-winning Producer/Director Robin Newell has crafted a sensitive, beautifully shot television presentation. Featured as a one hour special on ABC-TV and the History Channel. It was acclaimed as the “Best ever made” by the POW Association of Australia.
Newell cleverly lets the veterans tell their own story and with archival footage never seen before, he portrays this tragedy of the Asian war front and Australian history. Forensic engineers also explain that it was a significant engineering achievement created at terrible human cost"
This 13 part series produced by Thought Films explores some of the epic projects of global engineering and their impacts both human and technological. The series was shot in 20 countries.
* Winner - ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Award 1998, Outstanding Excellence in Television Production and Communication
* Winner - Silver Award, Prix Leonardo Italy, 1999
* Winner - Outstanding and Unique TV Production, ATOM Award Australia, 1999
* Winner - For Journalism and Communications, Institute of Engineers Australia Excellence Awards, 1999
* Main Feature - Vederata Scienze TV Festival, Italy, 1999
* Main Feature - US Academy of Science, Washington DC, 1999
* Broadcast Footprint is to over 100 countries
It began in 1943. Three men involved with the Thai-Burma railway. One an Australian surgeon, one an Australian machine gunner and the other a Thai trader. The Quiet Lions details the lives of Sir Edward "Weary Dunlop" and Thai trader, Boon Pong along with one man's obsession to have their story told.
Producing this remarkable documentary had been ex-Prisoner of War, Keith Flanagan's lifelong quest. "I was honoured to be asked by Keith to make this documentary", said Robin Newell of Thinktank Digital
Featuring remarkable footage of Weary Dunlop filmed before his death and held in trust until now.