Since its premiere on 9 October, Dream Racer has made an impact on Australian viewers and was dubbed "a life changing movie event" by its audience. Comments such as "the most inspiring film I have seen in my 50 years on this planet", "you made me laugh, cry, and want to jump out of my seat" are testaments to the power of the Dream Racer story.
Earlier this year Candide McDonald, Editor of Australian Creative magazine, dubbed Dream Racer “The motivational film of the decade”, and the reactions of audience members post-premiere echo this sentiment.
The film – which tells the story of French Australian Business Consultant Christophe Barriere-Varju’s attempt to take on the Dakar Rally on his motorbike, and producer, writer and director Simon Lee’s efforts to document it –was received with widespread acclaim from its first Australian public audience.
Prior to its official release, Dream Racer has enjoyed success at film festivals around the world, with wins including Best Documentary at LA’s All Sports Festival, the Human Values and Sport Award in Barcelona and runner up for Best Documentary in New Delhi. Mitchell Block, producer of academy award winning documentary Big Mama described Dream Racer as “a compelling, moving and powerful film”.
For the first time in a feature length film, Dream Racer shows the legendary Dakar Rally in its purest form – no sponsors, no multi-million dollar team, not even a mechanic – just one rider, a motorbike, a film maker and the world’s most dangerous motor race. But far more than just a motorbike movie, Dream Racer is a call to arms for anyone who has ever dreamt of doing anything – a spine tingling antidote to the fear of life passing you by unfulfilled.
Dream Racer will be showing on Wednesday 23 October at 6:45pm in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Please visit www.dreamracer.tv to book tickets online (not available at locations).