VOYAGE OF THE SOUTHERN SUN
A special documentary about the Sun Theatre’s intrepid owner, Michael Smith screening the first Sunday of every month at 4.30pm
Followed by a Q&A with Michael and a complimentary Rothwell Distillery Naviator Spirit (locally produced vodka).
Australian Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, Michael Smith, discovered the delights and perils of true adventure in a solo circumnavigation in his tiny amphibious flying boat, Southern Sun, that retraced historical Qantas, Imperial and Pan Am airmail routes, in search of the glory days of 1930’s aviation. At a leisurely 80 knots, taking his time flying from cities to forests; deserts and rivers; over mountains and volcanoes; coral reefs, vast stretches of oceans, ice flows and glaciers; oh, and giant rats. Michael’s journey captured the geographic splendour of the world and learnt a little of human kind and himself along the way. Directed by Bert Murphy, featuring stunning footage, tales from around the world and insight into the high’s and low’s from a record breaking and award winning voyage.
Awards and Achievements:
Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2016
Seaplane Pilots Association Award (Australia) Inaugural Ross Vining Exceptional Achievement Award
Royal Aero Club (UK) Silver Medal for exceptional aviation achievement
First (and only) solo circumnavigation by Flying Boat
First (and only) solo circumnavigation Amphibious class aeroplane