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Alone Across Australia

Jon Muir , Ian Darling  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Jon Muir, Ian Darling
  • Format: Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Direct Cinema Limited
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AUAQ6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

In 2001 Jon Muir and his dog, Seraphine, began an odyssey to cross Australia on foot, from the coast of South Australia to the north coast of Queensland. 128 days and 2,500 kilometers later, on the point of starvation and exhaustion, Jon arrived in Burketown, becoming the first person to walk solo and unassisted across the continent of Australia.

Jon Muir OAM is no stranger to extreme adventures. He has climbed Mt. Everest, walked to the South Pole and the North Pole, paddled alone in a sea kayak to the tip of Cape York; but this solo walk, which took him across four of the driest deserts in the world, was to be his toughest challenge to date. His only equipment was two trekking poles and a homemade cart, containing a few essentials, which he pulled behind him. The bulk of his food came from what he could hunt or gather along the way.

ALONE ACROSS AUSTRALIA is a film about Jon's epic and spiritual journey into the heart and soul of Australia.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal November 26, 2005
By Lakshmi
This film was part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour and it stole the show. John Muir's odyssey has you on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it ends. He is a true character and a remarkable human being. I am ecstatic that this film is now available so I can add it to my collection. My wife and I have referred to this movie a dozen times over the past year in conversations. This movie left that strong an impression on us both.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alone Across Australia August 27, 2006
By A Customer
Wow. The guy walked from the coast of South Australia to the north coast of Queensland. 128 days, 2500 kilometers. He carried minimal food and water, assuming he'd find it in the desert, and his only company was his Jack Russell Terrier, Seraphine. It's an amazing journey and a moving film in more ways than I care to document. I'll watch it many more times over the years, and it'll never leave my collection. I see that it won a whole pile of awards. Well, let me add the most minor of awards to its pedigree. It's the "Mikey Likes It" award. So just watch the damn thing, and don't call me Mikey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. A riveting hour that you will never forget! February 26, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
The Incredible Journey meets The Crocodile Hunter meets Quest For Fire. Just saw this at the Banff Mountain Film Festival that came to my town of Santa Cruz, California. It blew away every other film that night. This is simply one of the most amazing adventures in the history of mankind, and this incredible man captured it all on a small video camera. Walking alone and unassisted across the Australia continent from South to North, with just a pull cart and his Jack Russell Terrier, crossing four of the driest deserts on Earth, finding water and hunting food as he went. Wow. By turns suspenseful, hilarious, thoughtful and downright frightening, this is a riveting documentary that you will quickly be screening for everyone you know. Expertly edited with additional scenes recreated by Jon and a cameraman a year later. Also a fun intro that recounts some of the amazing accomplishments of this nutjob. Discreet captions appear at certain points, there is no narrator, but mostly it is Jon himself who relates what he is doing, and these are some of the funniest moments. Also some excellent dynamic maps that dramatically illustrate where he was on the continent when, say, he and his dog were attacked by a pack of dingoes in the middle of the night. $30.00 for a 51 minute film on videotape with no bonus features may seem like a stretch, but trust me, this beats the pants off of anything Hollywood has puked out this year. P.S. I have never submitted a review to Amazon before. But this one was special.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure Through Australian Outback April 17, 2005
By J. Ray
Format:VHS Tape
Jon Muir shares his painstaking venture through the Australian Outback. This film / video diary cut through my heart as I joined Jon's trek across the most arid continent on Earth. Amazing footage places viewers upon the scorching desert floor or beneath a tarpaulin during a torrential downpour. Wilderness exploration and experience, survival and challenge shape a man and his dog, testing their various physical and emotional strengths. I walked away from this story a slightly different person. There truly is more to life than making a buck or the so-called "conveniences" of modern society. Jon demonstrates another reality, as he becomes the first man to complete this solo journey between the Southern and Northern Coasts of Australia.
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