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Best Austin Film so far
on 16 November 2013
Immediately upon receiving the film and opening the cover one get the impression that a lot of work and money has gone into the production of the DVD, and it even comes with a detailed illustrated booklet to accompany the film detailing the days and moments of their epic journey and also a gift Mondo Sahara badge. I say epic because travelling in the Sahara is not without its risks, but they were well prepared as they had left rations and fuel in certain locations and in the film showed how they relocated them again and which products to choose.
What is most refreshing about all of Austin's films is that they not only encourage others to do the same, but also show how to do so if one only has a very limited budget. The end-consumer is then also introduced to the variety of equipment available, and as Austin is (as I am assuming) financially more on the average level, the kit he recommends will be affordable to the likes of myself and the greater public at down to earth, working class prices thank you very much :)
The film begins with all the riders introducing themselves, their motorcycles and preparations for the journey including the hiding of provisions in the desert and unlike another film out there gives tips and advice how other riders Austin aims to inspire can do the same, yes the film is like an instruction manual for "do it yourself stop and dreaming about it" riders. He also speaks about the joys and tribulations of crossing borders into Africa and how to overcome these with local help. The story of the journey itself grips attention and although the film is nearly an hour and a half long, the various mishaps like Austin's bike breaking down and another rider injuring himself will keep your attention alive. For those who have limited time, they can watch the film in stages in well divided chapters.
I will watch the film again to expand on this initial review, but will say that this is the best film Austin has produced so far, which has been shot on a variety of cameras the images of which both the older nostalgic generations and younger high demanding and critical generation will appreciate. Some may criticize the very rare scene which seems over-lit, but it must also be considered they were filming in difficult situations on the move in a challenging environment on a limited budget. They almost seem arty and in fact this even highlights how the average person can do the same and also produce motorcycle adventure films, and not just give up when faced with the journey costs and preparations of others. And this is what Austin is screaming out at you to do, don't just sit there, get out there and explore the world, it's yours!!!