After several years, and a ton of work, Jack Rath has released the documentary Between Home, a feature length film on the voyage from which this blog grew.
The film is available for purchase as an immediate, DRM-free download, and has been released in this way to reflect the spirit of freedom and independence, much like the voyage itself. I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, please leave a note or email Jack – This is the result of his hard work.
In my last post, I mentioned I was unable to attend the screening of Between Home in Berlin… However, just two days before the film was set to screen, my sailor friend Rob (who I met the first day I saw Constellation, and whom also believed in my trip from the very beginning), sent me an email and said ‘I cannot believe you’re not coming… I’ll pay half your ticket!’ – Within the hour, a ticket was purchased, and the next day I flew off to Berlin.
Picked up at the airport by a festival chauffeur, I arrived just 1.5 hours before the premier started. Watching oneself on the big screen is unexplainable. For a few moments, I wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to sit through the entire film, I was so nervous… Thankfully Jack was too, so we consoled each other, watched audience reactions, and laughed at memories the film brought back.
Thank you: Rob for getting me to Berlin, Jack & Regina for hosting me, my friend Ben for traveling up from Austria (and loaning me his coat jacket, so I had at least a minor air of respectability), Vanilla for posing as my producer to get me onto a new flight (after my original one was canceled due to weather), Karen for flying over from the UK, the Achtung Berlin film festival, Angela for her driving, and Marty for holding the fort in my absence.
After spending six days and Berlin, it was time to fly home… Until I realised I’d barely gotten over jet lag… So I decided to take a share car down to Austria, and see how my old friend Ben was living, in the alps… Here is a little clip of our days walking, hanging with his son, and slacklining in the mountains.
For those wondering when the film will be public – Please don’t ask me, as I have absolutely no idea! It’s Jack’s film, so it’s probably best to ask him
Six years ago I started working on a dream to sail most of the way around the world. It was very hard. I didn’t really know how to sail that well. I had no money. I was living in a country where I couldn’t speak the language. The odds were against the entire project. Nature was against it. Friends were against it. Family were against it. Pure economics were against it. So what does one do? Sail on!
In a bar one night, I met a fellow Australian. His name was Jack. I told him about this ridiculous idea I had… And a week or two later he started filming. Why not? If I failed, it would have been interesting. If it was a success, it would have been even more interesting.
Jack, with as little money as me, kept filming, and this month, two years after I finished sailing and sold my beloved boat Constellation, his film will set sail and begin a life of its own.
Unfortunately due to money, I am unable to attend, however I hope my German friends will get the opportunity to be there on my behalf. Be sure to say hello to my good friend Jack, and please buy him some rum, he needs it. It’s been a hard slog for everyone… Albeit a crazy, enjoyable, mad, wild, insane, and life affirming one. Thank you to everyone for working so hard on making this small idea, into a story which will be shared forever.
I’ve seen this film. And it is a very hard film for me to watch. It’s highly personal. It’s 95mins of Nick. I hear myself, I see myself, I see my mistakes and my weaknesses. There are many things you will learn about me as a person, and about my trip that you didn’t know before. I hope those who are able to attend will enjoy it.
For those not in Berlin, soon enough it will be available to everyone to see via the official website, (hopefully) next month. Stay tuned!