Forty years later Back to the Back of Beyond


Forty years after legendary filmmaker John Heyer captured a uniquely Aussie adventure on film, we revisit the dusty outback once more as dedicated postman Tom Kruse returns to the rugged Birdsville Track to relive his past and comment on the future of outback Australia.

Exploring past endeavours and investigating significant changes across the decades, Back To The Back of Beyond looks at the developing countryside, where the 300-mile track that was used by Aboriginal people trading between north and south became such an important lifeline to outlying cattle stations.


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Featuring three bonus John Heyer historical short films:

JOURNEY OF A NATION (1947) – 11 minutes

The much lauded&nbsppoetic and polemical documentary about the standardisation of Australian rail gauges, emphasising the economic cost in times of peace and the possible threat to security in times of war. Heyer expertly highlights the problems involved, exploring the five changes in the size of rail track between the mainland states.
THE REEF (1977)  – 63 minutes
The Reef captures the&nbspbeauty of one of the world’s living wonders -&nbspAustralia’s Great Barrier Reef. But man-made pollution may set in motion an alarming chain of events which&nbspcould threaten six hundred thousand years of coral life.

LET’S GO (1956) – 10 minutes

‘Motoring isn’t just a matter of having a car or a truck, it’s a matter of knowing about the road!’  A classic tale of planning an outback trip long before the advent of GPS, where The

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Weight .085 kg
Dimensions 18.5 × 13 × 1.5 cm


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