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Join the Menzies Australia Institute at this screening of Backtrack Boys at Regent Street Cinema as part of the London Australian Film Festival.


The London Australian Film Festival presents the London premiere of BACKTRACK BOYS, an inspiring and life-affirming documentary about troubled youth and the power of redemption.

A group of boys are on a perilous course towards jail until they meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, who runs a legendary dog jumping team. Filmed over two years, this observational documentary focuses on three boys at different stages of the programme. Bonds are developed and healing begins, but the risk of falling back into old habits is never far away.

This inspiring coming of age story reveals the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world, alongside the dogs that help tame their wild ways.

Roundly praised as one of the finest Australian documentaries of the past year, Director Catherine Scott has woven a sensitive, deeply humanist narrative about connection, rehabilitation, and hope.

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An immensely powerful film…one of the finest documentaries of of the best Australian films of the year.

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Backtrack boys poster
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Event details

Regent Street Cinema
307 Regent St, Marylebone, London W1B 2HW, UK