From AMTL Events:
The international Trails in Motion Film Festival-
showing in Canberra on 18 and 19 June - has a distinct Canberra flavor;
one of the films not only features our very own Michael Milton competing
in an event owned by a Canberra-based adventure company, but it was also
made by local producer-director duo Adrian Muscat and Tina
Best Foot Forward is the story of Milton's attempt to
complete his first ever ultra-marathon, the 50km long Ultra-Trail
Australia (UTA) race in the Blue Mountains. Watch the
UTA attracts thousands of runners from all over the world every year. It
was started 11 years ago by Tom Landon-Smith and Alina McMaster from AROC
Sport (now AMTL Events). The pair are former competitive
cross-country skiers which is how they know Milton, a champion Paralympic
skier. Now their young children go to the same school.
"We've known Milto for years and followed his career on snow and off. We
all catch up at school drop-off and chat about what we're up to. When he
mentioned he'd like to have a go at the 50km UTA ultra-marathon, we were
immediately on board. It was a no brainer. To have him at our event
was a huge win for us but to witness his preparation and then the attempt
was a great privilege. He is one stubborn bastard," said Landon-Smith.
The idea to shoot a film about the attempt was Milton's and he set about
finding a film crew. Enter Adrian Muscat and Tina Costessi from Red
Gadget Films, budding film makers and regular entrants in Lights!
Canberra! Action! and the Canberra Film Festival.
"We were in from the first phone call," explained Muscat. "I made the
decision early on to run with Michael and film everything which meant I
had to train as well because you can't just turn up on the day and run
50km carrying a camera.
"Over the months leading up to the event and on numerous training runs,
we became friends and running buddies. The actual event was one of the
best experiences of my life, running with and filming my friend as he ran
50km on crutches., said Muscat.
Best Foot Forward is one of eight films to be screened as
part of the Trails in Motion Film Festival which has already
been screened in venues across Europe, the US, Canada and Africa.
Canberra will have its turn on Monday 18 June and Tuesday 19 June at the
Palace Electric cinema in New Acton. Tickets can be purchased
online at www.trailsinmotion.com.au. Milton will attend both
screenings and happily answer questions afterward.
The last word belongs to Milton who is thrilled with the final product:
"Making a film like this is not easy. It's time-consuming and demanding
but Adrian and Tina did an amazing job. Canberra has a lot of talent, a
lot of entrepreneurial drive. You can get anything done here and I love
"The festival is not just for runners. There is some amazing scenery in
some awesome locations as well as eight incredible stories. They're
kid-friendly and packed with adventure and emotion."
For more information or to arrange an interview:
Alina McMaster, AMTL Events firstname.lastname@example.org; 0401
Michael Milton, One More Mountain:email@example.com 0412 155
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