“The Will To Fly not only captivated the minds of 200 teenagers, it was able to motivate them to succeed as well as inspire them to do better”

“I have watched numerous motivational films. The Will To Fly stands out as a film which hits the mark. It displays many personal traits required for success including persistence, resilience, passion and an unbending will”

 “This film is awe-inspiring, to also meet Lydia and ask her questions about her career gave us an even further insight into what she has gone through. Lydia is a remarkable individual and her story has taught me so many things. The most important being that as long as you believe in yourself, anything is possible”


The Will To Fly is available for schools at a special community rate in the cinema, or at your school venue.

To book an educational screening today + Q&A with Lydia Lassila contact

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We have also created a study guide with The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) to accompany The Will to Fly.

Scroll below for more information + a free download of the study guide.

About the Study guide

The study guide has been written primarily for secondary students in Years 7–12. It provides information and suggestions for learning activities in English, Health and Physical Education, Media, and Sport and Recreation.

Study of The Will to Fly may also be of interest to students completing TAFE Certificate courses in the areas of Sport, Fitness and Recreation, and Psychology.

The study guide is structured as a series of discussions about The Will to Fly. Teachers may select from the information and activities to support student’s viewing and close analysis of the film.

As a curriculum resource, the film expands and enriches student’s understanding of human experiences. Students can discuss how individuals with commitment and vision such as Lydia can make a difference in their life, in their chosen field and in the lives of others. The Will to Fly also offers students the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of the physical, mental, social and emotional health benefits of embracing sport as a participant and/or a spectator. In particular, the film endorses gender equality and the need for level playing fields, and encourages conversations about empowerment. In addition, The Will to Fly can be used to discuss the use of the documentary format.

The activities within this study guide provide opportunities for students to:

  • Share their responses to the story told by the documentary;
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to develop and maintain their physical, mental, social and emotional health;
  • Define how participation in physical activity and sport influence an individual’s identity;
  • Analyse the representation of ideas, attitudes and voices in texts to consider how texts represent the world and human experience;
  • Use critical approaches to analyse and interpret a film; – create a range of texts, make presentations and contribute actively to class and group discussions.

The empowering nature of the story told by The Will to Fly makes it a relevant resource for student welfare programs. It is important that students are provided with strategies to support their learning about themselves and others. The Will to Fly provides opportunities for students to learn to:

  • Manage their emotions and behaviour;
  • Develop social and emotional skills and sense of self;
  • Persevere in overcoming obstacles;
  • Set personal and academic goals;
  • Develop self-discipline, resilience, adaptability and initiative.

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