In March 2016 “The Will To Fly” feature documentary film was released throughout Australian cinemas.
The Will to Fly is the story of Olympic Champion Lydia Lassila who, as a young mum and against all the odds competing in one of the world’s most dangerous sports, dares to reach for an almost impossible dream.
The film takes us on a journey through the genesis of Lydia’s tenacity; from the missed opportunities with her first love, gymnastics, to her transition into an aerial skiing career of extreme highs and lows in the world’s most competitive and decorated team.
After winning the gold medal at her third Olympic games in 2010, Lydia became a mother. She then returned to aerial skiing with the intent of becoming the first woman to perform the sport’s most complex acrobatic manoeuvre; an ambitious benchmark she set for herself when she first discovered the sport, and one that had only ever been achieved by male aerialists before her.
The film chronicles Lydia’s lifelong pursuit to reach personal fulfilment by achieving her true potential, on the world stage at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.
The Will To Fly is the desire to stay true to your heart, to chase your ambitions, and fulfil your greatest dreams.
For more information about how to see The Will To Fly and the international release, visit the official website.
Recent critical appraisals:
8.5 / 10 – “One of the best, most moving Australian docos I have ever seen” -Alex First, 2GB radio.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – “A revealing exploration of the very nature of the competitive spirit.” – The Age / Sydney Morning Herald.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 – “Like all the best documentaries, the filmmakers have tapped in on a cultural niche almost unheard of and found a vast well of character, tension and tremendous drama.” -Filmblerg.
The Will To Fly has been three years in the making, with principal photography captured in Australia, Finland, China, USA and Russia. The film is also enriched with sport archives sourced from all over the world spanning over 20 years of history, including 4 Olympic games.
The film has been crafted by Katie Bender and Leo Baker with a small team of award winning filmmakers. The inspirational original music score was constructed over six months by composer Thomas E Rouch.
The Will To Fly is now available for group bookings for schools, clubs or corporate events in Australia. Click here to download the booking form.