The Tunnel’s Julian Harvey directs adventure doco The Crossing

The production company behind horror film The Tunnel, Distracted Media, is to bring the story of Australian explorers Clark Carter and Chris Bray to cinemas.

The Crossing follows Carter and Bray as they attempt to cross the Canadian Arctic’s Victoria Island.

Shot by the explorers, Distracted’s Julian Harvey has directed and produced a feature film out of more than 100 hours of footage.

Harvey said: “As someone who has done a fair bit of mountaineering, I’ve come across quite a lot of adventure stories, but this one stood out straight away. Not only because of the quality of the footage they captured but the incredible determination Clark and Chris showed to reach their goal. It is a truly inspiring story.”

Of the adventure, Carter said: “Nothing comes easy with Victoria Island so to finally finish the expedition after four years of blood, sweat and tears was really an amazing feeling. I’m really excited we’re now able to share our adventure with the rest of the world.”

The pair’s principal sponsorship partner was internet provider iinet with other major sponsors Australian Geographic, Gore-Tex, Dick Smith,  Citizen Watches, Asus PCs, and Paddy Pallin.

In 2005 the pair failed. In 2008 the pair returned to complete the expedition across 1000 kilometres, spanning 128 days, carrying half a ton of food and equipment to brave wolves, polar bears and blizzards to be the first adventurers to walk across the rugged island. Bray also wrote the book The 1000 Hour Day about their adventure.

A premiere has not been announced yet, but the film is likely to feature on the 2012 film festival circuit with a plan for mainstream theatrical distribution.

Distracted Media recently announced plans for a sequel to The Tunnel as well as another 135K project, Airlock.

The explorers were featured on ABC’s 7:30 Report in November 2010.



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