Filmmaker Dylan River goes to Finke: There and Back

The rising director talks about the challenges of documenting his hometown, and the mammoth race that obsesses him.

‘It’s been a long time coming,’ acclaimed Northern-Territory-born filmmaker Dylan River says on the phone to Screenhub, reminiscing about his bloody, sweaty documentary, Finke: There and Back.

Years in the making, the film depicts a challenge that River was personally invested in with all his heart and soul.

Written, directed and shot by the now 25-year-old River, the documentary captures the adulation and anguish of Alice Springs’ premier sporting event, the Finke Desert Race – the biggest of its kind in Australia, the ‘Bathurst of off-road races’.

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Anthony Frajman
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Anthony Frajman is a film critic, reviewer and cinephile originally from Melbourne, Australia. His film reviews and articles have appeared in FilmInk, Senses of Cinema and more.