Empty Freo shops to host international film festival

Adin Lang
3 min readMar 5, 2020

Freo local legend Alex Marshall is creating a win-win for Freo by taking some empty shops and bringing an international film festival to Freo!

Ever wondered what it would be like to leave your life behind and go on an adventure beyond your wildest dreams? Wonder no more, go along to the Adventure Travel Film Festival — Fremantle! A celebration of adventure travel films from around the world, from the days of black and white film to modern-day escapades.

Inspiring travellers, would-be travellers and armchair travellers for over a decade.

Broken Roads to Siberia

Curated out of London it has screened around the world — Now for the first time in Fremantle!

ATFFWA will screen 27 independent travel films from around the world.

It is unlike any other film festival. It is a weekend immersion into a world where pilgrimage across Ethiopia, traversing Norwegian mountain ranges with your two year old daughter and riding your push bike through Patagonia become real possibilities.

It is a feast of ‘offbeat’ independent travel that will inspire and delight. A festival that is so much more than the sum of its parts.

The Adventure Travel Film Festival is the brainchild of film-maker Austin Vince and travel author Lois Pryce.

Here’s how it all came about… Over more than 10 years Austin and Lois have been sent tons of fantastic travel films from all over the world by largely unknown film-makers. They came from all over the globe and covered every form of transport — boats, bicycles, buses, motorcycles, 4x4s and even hitch-hiking and train-hopping.

Currently empty shops….

The ‘adventure travel’ shows they saw on TV, although polished and professional, were nothing in comparison to the real-life dramas that were arriving in their letterbox.

As time passed, they gradually realised that we were accruing a fairly extensive and possibly, definitive, collection of adventure travel films. It occurred to them that this had to be the tip of an iceberg. Once they started searching actively, films came to the surface that were absolutely mind-blowing. They were amazed, and excited, that adventures of this quality, old and new, were essentially unknown by the public.

Audiences in the England, Scotland, USA and Bright Victoria have all have been flocking to the festival for over 10 years.

Now it is time for Fremantle to be inspired by this weekend feast of DIY travel.

“What I find unique about this festival is that it celebrates and promotes those filmmakers who didn’t look for rewards, but simply wanted to document their travels. The fact that they’re brilliantly shot also adds to the natural way that these films inspire at every level” -Christian John Hadjipateras Huff Post


  • Mar 20, 2020 — Mar 22, 2020

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  • Adelaide Street Plaza 39 Adelaide Street, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160

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