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09 March 2016

MOVIE REVIEW: 2GB RADIO

Movie man Alex First talks in depth about The Will To Fly with Steve Price from 2GB, giving it 8.5 / 10.

The Will To Fly review commences from 6:05

Lydia Lassila talks with Linda Marigliano about The Will To Fly and the significance of releasing on International Women’s day. #GirlsToTheFront

07 March 2016

FILM REVIEW BY FILMBLERG

By  – FILMBLERG

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️?

The Will To Fly is a wonderful documentary which this reviewer walked into without having one iota of the premise, and who quite happily walked out enthralled. This is one of those films you can think of after weeks have passed and feel a smile creep onto your face of reminisced enjoyment.

The fact that the characters and production are all Australian made makes it that much more enjoyable. It’s an impressive sports documentary debut feature from Katie Bender and Leo Baker.

Like all the best documentaries, the film makers have tapped in on a cultural niche almost unheard of and found a vast well of character, tension and tremendous drama…

Pete Castaldi talks with filmmakers Katie Bender and Leo Baker about the process of making The Will To Fly film over 3 years.

Originally broadcast 20th March, 2016.
06 March 2016

DARING DOCO TAKES US TO DIZZYING HIGHS

Vicky Roach – Sunday Telegraph, Australia 6th March 2016.

⭐️⭐️⭐️?

This edge-of-the-seat account of champion Olympic freestyle skier Lydia Lassila’s second shot at gold has about as much in common with your average, inspirational drama as The Revenant’s infamous attack sequence does with Yogi Bear.

Tough? If Lassila and her fellow competitors existed in the same universe, they would probably give Marvel’s superheroes a serious run for their money.

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06 March 2016

SOARING TRIUMPH OF HUMAN SPIRIT

THE WILL TO FLY
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
G, 95 minutes, opens Thursday

Directors: Leo Baker, Katie Bender

Review by SANDRA HALL – The Age / Sydney Morning Herald.

The few people in the world who can do it modestly call it a trick. It’s an aerial ski-jump, which sends the body spearing high in the air to execute a series of straight-backed somersaults while spinning like a top.

High divers do it, too, without the extra degree of difficulty involved in manoeuvring to make an upright landing with a pair of skis on a firm bed of snow…

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A devastating injury was not enough to stop Lydia Lassila from going where no woman had gone before, writes Jake Wilson.

Sydney Morning Herald 5th March, 2016.

Freestyle aerial skiing is, without question, one of the most spectacular sports ever invented: something like diving, something like gymnastics, something like throwing yourself off a cliff. No Australian has achieved more in this field than Lydia Lassila – a world record holder, a gold medal winner at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and the only woman to pull off a quad-twisting triple somersault, a feat previously reserved for men.

All this is recounted in The Will to Fly, a new documentary directed by the team of Katie Bender, a former aerial skier who trained with Lassila, and Leo Baker, an animator who worked on the Oscar-winning short film The Lost Thing.

Several years in the making, the film serves as a primer on aerial skiing and the achievements of Australian women in particular, while chronicling Lassila’s quest to get back in gear for the 2014 Sochi Olympics after becoming a mother.

In person, Lassila is a disarming mix of friendliness and intensity, with an easy laugh, wide brown eyes, and a frankness about her weaknesses that registers as a form of strength…

01 March 2016

LEAP OF FAITH

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Olympic champion freestyle aerial skier Lydia Lassila, subject of the new documentary The Will to Fly, talks about her career, family and her bid to master the jump no woman has yet nailed.

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27 February 2016

MUM2ATHLETES: MOVIE REVIEW

This is a very positive and empowering story that parents and young athletes will both be able to appreciate. The film presents many themes including mental strength, determination, hard work and resilience. It also raises the topics of gender equality and women in sport. Specific to young athletes, there are lessons to be learned about patience, training smarter not harder, but also to dare to dream outside the boundaries if you are willing to work hard and never give up. Lydia’s performance at her last Olympics was also based on her ethic that winning is not everything “but going for greatness in a sport and doing something no one had done was more important.”

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26 February 2016

KATIE BENDER AND LEO BAKER INTERVIEW

Victorian creative team Katie Bender and Leo Baker are soaring to great heights with their project The Will to Fly, released nationally on 10 March.

Film Victoria showcase, February 26 2016.
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