There is one sport, and only one sport, in which Australian women have won more Olympic gold medals than the female athletes of any other country. Care to guess which sport?
We’ll put you out of your misery. It’s aerial skiing, the Winter Olympics event which combines the acrobatics of gymnastics with the thrills and spills of ski jumping. Our most recent female medalist in said sport is Lydia Lassila. Her story is so remarkable, they’ve just made a movie about her called “The Will To Fly” which starts screening around Australia this weekend.
On their first podcast episode, Alex First reviews The Will To Fly with Chris Coleman giving it 8.5 / 10
Originally published 10 March, 2016.
It takes a while to understand the rhythm of the sport as former champions talk about Lydia as well as their own experiences. Highly dangerous, there is ‘a big wow factor’, as we watch first hand the extraordinarily difficulties of training and preparing for the major Olympic Events. The film plays much more successfully as a documentary than the upcoming Eddie the Eagle, another sporting success story, whose treatment never lives up to its elements.
A surprisingly compelling sports documentary, The Will To Fly traces the long and winding path taken by Lassila to reach this career-defining moment.
Most contemporary docos on sports subjects are straight exercises in brand management, and invariably tend towards bland homage. Not this one.
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
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.
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.
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.
THE WILL TO FLY
G, 95 minutes, opens Thursday
Directors: Leo Baker, Katie Bender
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