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Inspirational feature length #adventure documentary that will leave a mark on your soul & your psyche. Epic. We promise.
Inspirational feature length #adventure documentary that will leave a mark on your soul & your psyche. Epic. We promise.
Inspirational feature length #adventure documentary that will leave a mark on your soul & your psyche. Epic. We promise.
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London2London: Via the World - by Sarah Outen & Jen Randall

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The Story

I had a lot of time to think in 2009. Rowing across the Indian Ocean  for four months, my company whales and waves, I pondered what would happen when I got home. And what home would mean. One idea kept knocking: a global, human powered journey, across land and sea. Immersion, connections, shareability and schools - these threaded my vision. 

This is how hard we are working to make this film
This is how hard we are working to make this film

London2London:Via the World was that journey. 

In purely physical terms, between 2011 and 2015, I kayaked, cycled and rowed over 20,000 miles around the northern hemisphere - across Europe and Asia, the Pacific, North America and the Atlantic. It was a journey of contrasts and extremes in terrain, weather, cultures and climates and also in my forms of transport.

Head down and grning. Grinning too. We will do it.
Head down and grning. Grinning too. We will do it.

The journey evolved and surprised us throughout, reminding us that in setting out, all we know is that we know nothing about what will happen. It took nearly twice as long as we had first imagined, at times nearly killed me, often broke me and taught me more than I could have ever wished for. About the world, about myself and others. 

This is how happy we will feel when it's complete
This is how happy we will feel when it's complete

I travelled alone, mostly, but was never really truly alone. For so many people came together to help make the journey come true: from roadside strangers offering me a wave or a snack, to mothers demanding they take me home to wash my clothes and feed me, to the irrepressibly buoyant Gao in China who decided to cycle with me for a month, to the Coastguard who rescued me, to the team who supported me from afar. 

The inimitable Gao
The inimitable Gao

 

Strangers on the road in Russia
Strangers on the road in Russia

 

The journey was one of connections and shared moments
The journey was one of connections and shared moments

To my partner Lucy, who I met on the way. And to my bike Hercules  and my boats - Gulliver, Happy Socks, Krissy and Nelson. It's fair to say that love brought me home. And what is that, anyway, home? Where is it?

It was an emotional journey
It was an emotional journey

Looking back now, it was a story of having a go, having another go and of ultimately learning to let go, threaded with stories of humanity and love and of learning to know yourself. All with the most amazing backdrop of far flung corners of our planet and cameos by tennis court length whales, grizzly bears and curious sunsfish the size of kitchen tables.

The tuna school who followed me across the Pacific
The tuna school who followed me across the Pacific

The Film

Fresh. Authentic. Dynamicly textured. Playful. Unafraid to delve deeply. Our film will be no straight narrative, but will explore the inner and outer journeys through a mix of film sequences, images, sound and text. Questions will thread the film, answered in a variety of ways, reflecting the curiosity that we know the story creates. How do you cope with the loneliness? Where do you go to the loo? How did you choose your route? How did you prepare mentally? How do you sleep ion the boat? What was it like coming home? 

 And, of course, Why?

It's all about perspective
It's all about perspective

The core of the film will be footage shot during the journey - raw, gritty clips shot by Sarah using Go Pro and hand held cameras  or by her kayaking buddy (and film ace) Justine Curgenven, taking you right into the boat, the bike and the moment. We want you to feel the dizzying mix of trepidation and exhilaration of a deep ocean swim, the fear of being in a tropical storm, the emotion at being shown kindness by strangers, the demons of PTSD and the wonder of the wild. And some. We'll also film a long form interview where Jen will aim to (in no particular order) get Sarah to cry, to divulge stuff she's not shared before and add narrative to the story.

A journey of contrasts and extremes
A journey of contrasts and extremes

Our vision is for a film that not only entertains, but also inspires and empowers - in short,  a kickass piece of documentary that will leave a mark on your soul and your psyche. 

The Team : Jen Randall and Sarah Outen

Sarah on Jen: 'Finding the right person to co Direct and edit the film was as important as finding the right boat to cross the ocean. I had to feel safe but excited, trust them with my story and be ready to challenge them. As I watched Operation Moffat sometime in 2016 I knew that I wanted Jen to make my film. I love the style, the humour, the authenticity and creativity of her films. When she told me that her way of telling stories is to pull them apart and upside down, I knew some more that I wanted her onside.'

Meet Jen!
Meet Jen!

 

And this is Sarah
And this is Sarah

Jen on Sarah: 'To me Sarah embodies the curiosity and joy that is the real heart of adventure - she does it because she loves it, and isn't afraid to express that. But beneath the love of the ride is a fierce determination and grit that see her through situations most of use wouldn't even consider, let alone tackling our own in the middle of a vast, relentless ocean or desert or snow storm... often solo. As a character I was behind Sarah and her story from the get-go. Then when she sent me some of her footage I knew I had to get on board with this project, such a beautiful variety of people, landscapes and experiences that she tirelessly captured. I'm so excited to tell this story with such a firecracker at the heart of it. Let's go!...'

For all the skills we don't have (think animation, design, music knowhow) we'll be pulling in some more highly talented folk.

The Budget

We know that we have a brilliant team and plan for making THE BEST feature film that we can. Compared to the gargantuan bill that was the expedition's cost, this target seems more manageable, but still mighty - and it is definitely a team effort to make it happen. We've already both invested personal funds and time and are securing further outside backing - this Kickstarter campaign is the final push to bring it to completion.  Your pledges will pay for:  production, direction and editing time, composition of score and licensing, sound mixing, travel expenses and insurance for the overseas stuff, studio hire,  marketing and Kickstarter rewards and fees.

So, with that in mind, we hope that you'll be able to back us and then tell the world that you are doing it and encourage them to do so, too. 

Backer rewards

Whoever you are, and whatever level of support you can offer, we are grateful and you can be assured of getting the warm fuzzy glow of helping make the film and updates until the film's release in Autumn 2018. With it's empowering themes and honesty about mental breakdown and wellbeing, we reckon the film will be a real power for good. 

Good for the planet and for your soul
Good for the planet and for your soul

Beyond that we have a range of goodies, some of them unique and very personal to the journey: from film downloads to books to adventure mugs to picnics and film making workshops. We even have a boat. Yes, Sarah is willing to part with her beloved kayak Nelson for the right prospective owner.

Sarah's book of the L2L journey
Sarah's book of the L2L journey

 

Berghaus Fellmaster jacket (other colours available)
Berghaus Fellmaster jacket (other colours available)

 

Berghaus Tephra down jacket (other colours available)
Berghaus Tephra down jacket (other colours available)

 

Poster for Operation Moffat, one of Jen's award winning films, up for grabs
Poster for Operation Moffat, one of Jen's award winning films, up for grabs
Poster for Psycho Vertical film, 2017
Poster for Psycho Vertical film, 2017

 

          

Spread the love

If you like what we are doing, please share our campaign far and wide. Wide as wide can be. Even wider than that. Thank you.

For more info on Sarah's books 'Dare to Do' and 'A Dip in the Ocean' click here 

For more pictures and stories from the journey: www.sarahouten.com

For examples of press coverage the journey received:

Guardian, Nov 2015

New York Times, 2013

BT Sport 2015 

For Jen's films see Light Shed Pictures

sarahouten.com | lightshedpictues.com | @SarahOuten | @lightshedjen 

And with that, we send you are respect, gratitude and high fives,

 Saran and Jen

Risks and challenges

Having completed the London2London journey, we've (just about) survived the trickiest bits of the journey: mid ocean rescues after hurricanes, 45 below blizzards, hungry bears, deep deep depression, poisonous snakes, tent farts and road traffic mayhem.

Now our biggest challenge is in pulling in the final funding. We will clear all licensing questions for music or other materials before use, so envisage no problems in delivery by Autumn 2018.

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    London2London T-shirt (child)

    Woop woop! A navy sportsy t-shirt, with the London2London logo on the chest. You can choose your size once we've finished this campaign

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    Copy of 'Dare to Do'

    Your very own signed paperback copy of Sarah's book of the journey 'Dare to Do'

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    London2London T-shirt (adult)

    Yeeha! A t-shirt that will give you superpowers and all the energy of the adventure. Navy, wicking material , logo on the chest. Size choice once we've finished the campaign.

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    The film

    A full HD digital download of the finished film pre release and post premiere. Mix the G&T, grab the tissues and get ready to be taken on an epic journey.

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    Film & book

    The easiest way for you to read and watch the magic and mishaps of Sarah's L2L journey.

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    Adventure Mug and Film

    There's too much plastic in the world, so we champion the use of reusable drinking vessels. This engraved enamel mug is perfect for campfires or morning porridge feasts on the go. You'll be able to choose one of a few different designs after the campaign ends.

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    On for you, one to gift

    This is the option if you have a special someone in mind who would love to watch the film. One for you, and one for them. Magic.

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    Films, films, films by Jen

    Films, films, films! If you love films and climbing and adventure, you'll love this. Includes downloads of Jen's brilliant films 'Psycho Vertical' which tells the story of climbing legend Andy Kirkpatrick and 'Operation Moffat', another climbing gem.

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    • Download of Operation Moffat by Light Shed Pictures
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    Film, book & mug

    Read it, watch it and sup on your favourite drink throughout in your very own adventure mug. Perfect!

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    The film and both of Sarah's books

    Now you get the whole story of Sarah's adventures - from the Indian Ocean to the world journey. Read about it and watch it - winner.

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    Film 101: Skype with Jen

    For those with a project on the go or wanting to ask questions about film making, Director Jen will Skype with you and do her best to help. You can ask whatever you like!

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    Adventure 101: Skype call with Sarah

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    Wow! Happy Socks bundle

    The ultimate package: In a colour of your choice, Sarah's Mum will knit you your very own pair of multicoloured woollen Happy Socks, for which her boat was named. These are rare and prized.

    And: both of Sarah's books, the film, an adventure mug and an L2L t-shirt.

    (All to be sent to the same place)

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    Berghaus jacket (Tephra/Fellmaster)

    Sarah's long term sponsor Berghaus have given us 10 super jackets. You can choose from the Tephra down jacket to keep you cosy or a Fellmaster waterproof jacket. Men's/women's style to choose from and an array of colours. Ready for adventure. Boom.

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    Paddle and picnic with Sarah

    We shall meet on the Thames in Oxfordshire late morning and I'll fit you out with a kayak and gear. Then we'll paddle away for the day in the kayaks I used on my journey (Krissy and Nelson), stopping on the way for a home made picnic lunch and even a swim if you fancy it. We'll be back by late afternoon.

    TRAVEL TO/FROM OXFORDSHIRE NOT INCLUDED

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    Film school with Jen Randall

    In person filming workshop with Jen herself - winner! Max of four people on the day, and you can ask her whatever you like and she will impart wisdom and skills.

    ***UK, date and location tbc. Travel and accommodation not included.***

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    An Elliot Brown watch

    For real! This beautiful Canford watch from Elliot Brown is a watch for all occasions, be it smart times or something outdoors where you need it to perform. Sarah is an Ambassador for Elliot Brown and wears the Bloxham.

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    Screening and talk at your School (UK)

    Sarah is loved by schools the world over. Have her come to your school and inspire your young people: a screening, talk, Q&A. This would be a great reward to pass on to a school you want to support.

    There'll be some travel expenses later but we promise they'll be minimal.

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    OMG! Nelson the kayak

    Yes, that's right. Nelson is going to help make the film if someone will pledge for him. A much loved and kick ass sea kayak with history and attitude. This is the very same Rockpool Alaw kayak that Sarah paddled from London to France and from Russia to Japan and en route to London's finish. He would love a new home.

    **** Collection/shipping not included***

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Funding period

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