Walking greats star in stunning new documentary: The Art of
Victoria's magnificent 104km Great Ocean Walk forms the stunning backdrop
for a new one hour documentary to be released in early April 2010,
featuring three of the world's most inspiring
The Art of Walking documentary follows
world-famous American environmentalist John Francis,
former Olympic ice skater Katarina Witt and the amazing
Australian Paralympian Michael Milton, as they experience
the startling beauty of one of Australia's greatest walks.
With sweeping aerial shots of the Great Ocean Walk's breathtaking coastline
and footage of the lush flora and fauna of the trail, audiences will be
whisked away to experience both the journeys of these incredible
individuals and all the natural glory that this part of Victoria has to
offer. Through this moving adventure documentary along the Great Ocean
Walk, John, Michael and Katarina truly discover The Art of
Beginning with John Francis, also known as
The Planetwalker, the film follows this inspiring man as he travels with
banjo in hand from picturesque Apollo Bay, through marine microhabitats to
the untouched beauty of Otway National Park. He discovers abundant local
wildlife, rainforests, waterfalls and ever-green fern gullies, and shares
his reflections with viewers. His fascinating life story, soulful
personality and musings on the importance of nature and our place as humans
within it make for a wonderful opening.
Katarina Witt then experiences one of the
more isolated strips of coastline along the walk, reflecting on endless
ocean vistas and negotiating the wild plains of the Great Ocean's cape.
Witness the transformation of this highly-focused sportswoman throughout
her walk, as she becomes inspired by her surroundings and the wildlife she
encounters, eschewing any guilt she felt for taking time out of her busy
schedule to undertake this adventure.
Finally, the charming, all-Aussie Michael Milton guides viewers through the
breathtaking ocean views of Gables Lookout, tackles steep sand dunes and
visits the ship-wrecked beaches leading to the magnificent 12 Apostles -
achieving the journey on just one leg. This makes an inspirational end to
an epic and emotional journey.
Director Zach Merck captures each individual as they embark on a physical
journey that takes them through the beauty, diverse ecosystems and
fascinating history of this outstanding coastal area.
Witnessing sunsets from atop sheer
cliff-faces, climbing amongst tough salty scrub, meandering past gentle
lagoons, feeling the cool change of the rainforest, the smell of salt in
the air, the sound of birds and animals along the track, each of the
walkers becomes intoxicated by the beauty of the glorious Great Ocean
The Art of Walking documentary will be given away
as a DVD with the Sydney Morning Herald on April 10. Make sure you get your
to view the trailer.
Photo: Michael and Park Ranger Will take a stroll along the beach