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Solitary Endeavour on the Southern Ocean


Director: David Michôd, Jennifer Peedom

IMDB: On January 11, 2007, Andrew McAuley set out on his quest to become the first person to kayak from Australia to New Zealand across one of the wildest and loneliest stretches of ocean on Earth. On February 9, New Zealand maritime authorities received his distress call. Having survived a harrowing and torturous month at sea, conquering monstrous swells and terrifying storms, McAuley lost his life only a day from completing his journey. His body was never recovered, but the camera tapes from his kayak were and they form the basis of this moving and questioning portrait of a complex man, his family, his supporters and his attempt to conquer the ferocious Tasman Sea.

BBC synopsis: Documentary charting the attempt of Andrew McAuley to travel from Australia to New Zealand in a kayak, and examining the mystery surrounding the exact circumstances of his death.

Released: 08 Nov 2008 First broadcast: 22 Feb 2009

IMDB: 7.5
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