Hop on for ‘The Ride’

LOCAL community members are invited to share in the story of four Aussie blokes who swap their wheelchairs for quad bikes to traverse into the outback when ‘The Ride’ screens at the Moonah Arts Centre this month.

The Ride is a powerful award-winning documentary made by South Australian producer and director Sandra Cook.

Supported by the Glenorchy City Council Access Committee, it seeks to dispel the stigma of what it means to be disabled, as well as raises awareness about road safety.

The film follows Jim, Anton, Terry and Craig on a 5000-kilometre adventure as they return to the crash sites where their lives changed forever.

It’s a race against time and the elements as they sprint from Perth to Birdsville via Uluru and The Simpson Desert to arrive at the final crash site.

“As a group, we wanted to make a documentary to highlight the potential impact of motor vehicle accidents to your body, family, employment and future potential,” The Ride executive producer Jim Cairns said.

“We thought this was important because all of us, at one time, had to completely rebuild our lives.”

With three paraplegics and one quadriplegic, the camaraderie between the film’s main characters reveals a hilarious insight into the subculture of disability.

They openly discuss sex, marriage and catheters.

Access committee chairperson Simon Modrijan said he was passionate about raising awareness of the abilities of those with a disability.

“We are delighted to support this must see event, raising awareness that having a disability does not need to hold you back — an important message for everyone to hear,” he said.

“We are excited to host the screening and encourage the community to come and support it.”

The Ride will screen at the Moonah Arts Centre – located at 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah – on Thursday 18 January.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Jim Cairns and Sandra Cook.

The Glenorchy Lions Club will support the event with a sausage sizzle from 6pm, with the screening commencing at 6.45pm. Entry will be $5.

For more information, phone Glenorchy Council’s access officer Elisa Ryan on 6216 6800.

Caption: Anton visits the site of his crash as part of the award-winning documentary “The Ride”.

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