Big screen adventure: After these films you’ll want to travel the globe
Sometimes film lovers are treated to the most visually stunning productions which spark our wanderlust. Spectacular vistas awaken our urge to be there in the scene, to accompany the heroes or to recreate our own adventure in the same setting. These movies are not simply stories; they are homages to the human spirit and the taste of freedom we all seek.
TRACKS, JOHN CURRA (2013)
Tracks is based on the true story of Robyn Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska, who went on a solo journey through the Australian desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. Beside her were only her dog and a few camels. The film is about self-discovery, self-control and the spirit of travelling but it’s also a reminder that there doesn’t have to be a reason behind seeing the world. Always ask the question: “Why not?”
INTO THE WILD, SEAN PENN (2007)
Into the Wild is also inspired by true events and follows the adventures of Christopher McCandless, a college graduate from a privileged background who wants to leave the beaten track and lose himself in the Alaskan wilderness. The beauty and dangers of the road are visually captivating and the tale speaks to the lost person in all of us who wants to discover life lessons from nature.
WILD, JEAN-MARC VALLEE (2014)
Reese Witherspoon brings to life Cheryl Strayed in Wild, a film about a young woman who has been driven to destructive behaviour by events in her life. She decides to put herself back together by hiking across the Pacific Crest Trail in the US. With no outdoors experience, her voyage of discovery shows you that hardships and challenges are there to be overcome. You just need to take the first step.
EASY RIDER, DENNIS HOPPER (1969)
The movie classic from the late 60s is about two motorcyclists who travel across America in search of freedom. It was a box-office smash which helped to inspire a new wave of movie-making by young directors who introduced a fresh realism to capture America’s ‘counterculture.’ Cult film Easy Rider is the ultimate road movie which straps the lifestyle of the 1960s onto the bike and carts it into our living rooms.
EVEREST, BALTASAR KORMAKUR (2015)
Based on the true events of the infamous 1996 disaster on Mount Everest, the film Everest tells the story of a climbing group that dares to take on the highest mountain on earth. Viewers will be torn between the conflicting thoughts of ‘seeking adventure’ and ‘fearing that same adventure’. If this inspires the mountaineer in you, best to start with something smaller.