FACING DOWN UNDER
THE BACKPACKING FILM 2021
Languages: English, German | Subtitles: German
Chris has just graduated from high school in Germany. The plan now: Off to Australia. Like many others before him, he embarks on his journey to discover the Red Continent in all its facets.
The documentary convinces with outstanding visuals of landscapes, wildlife, and people that come across Chris and his camera. He experiences the unique atmosphere of the backpacking community, as well as the down sides of the popular Work And Travel system.
The result is an incredibly honest travel report that is executed with fresh ideas and compelling down to the last frame.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Chris Hartung, 20
In 2019, I traveled to Australia for a gap year where I spontaneously decided to shoot my first self-financed documentary film, "FACING DOWN UNDER." Over a period of 7 months, I captured my journey on camera and then edited a film from over 30,000 video files. My trip was a personal turning point in my life that inspired me to inspire other young people to travel.
FESTIVALS AND PRICES
In March 2021 Chris has won the TRAVEL FILM International Film Festival, a film festival, which shows some of the best travel documentaries in the world every year in Moscow.
He won the category "Best Cinematography".
"This is not even a film, but a study guide for those who want to learn how to make films about their travels. We watch and learn."
Valery Shanin - Travel Film International Film Festival 2021
WHAT OTHERS SAY
"Wow! That was an impressive documentary. Chris experiences the unfiltered life of a backpacker and experiences the stories you want to tell in your life. The documentary is gifted with incredible shots and a dynamic story that will make anyone want to travel. The film shows a beautiful development of his personality broken down to the really important things in life."
"Impresingly produced documentary by an up-and-coming movie maker. Brought back great memories of simpler days and my own experiences traveling the red continent almost 20 years ago. Highly recomended to anyone who loves to travel and explore the unknown."
"A beautiful high-quality movie with not only breathtaking images and sceneries but also fascinating insights into the lives of backpackers. It gives you wanderlust and makes you want to travel. Never before have I seen such an authentic travel documentary. Well done, highly recommended!"