Paper Planes

FAMILY; 1hr 36min

STARRING: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould

Living the dream: Worthington (left) and Oxenbould

In case you didn’t know, the Guinness World Record for a paper-plane flight is a distance of 69.14 metres. Twelve-year-old Dylan Webber (Oxenbould) is keen to beat that: after his Waleup Primary School project plane takes off, up and away, he’s bubbling with big, Australian Junior Championship ideas that are all the sweeter because his late mum taught him how to pinch and fold a sheet of paper in the first place.


Dylan is baching in a bush cottage with his dad, Jack (Worthington), who is lost in a fog of mourning for his wife. But since this is a shout-out to determination from director and co-writer Robert Connolly (The Bank), Dylan is necessarily persistent through every obstacle, all the way to the semi-finals in sparkling Sydney and the electric rush of Tokyo for the last hurrah. Father and son have a long way to travel in more ways than one (with a guileless Oxenbould shouldering the lion’s share of the load). But the joy here is that the chasing of a dream can be as affirming as the dream itself.