Kyogle's Peter 'Kog' Godfrey and his son, James are off to Festival de Cannes in France to screen their film showcasing their 4-day journey around Australia.
Kyogle's Peter 'Kog' Godfrey and his son, James are off to Festival de Cannes in France to screen their film showcasing their 4-day journey around Australia. Claudia Jambor

British media company purchase Kyogle father son doco

MAY 30: A LONDON-based entertainment company has secured the rights to a Kyogle father son duo's round Australia roadtrip documentary while promoting the grass roots film at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Illumina Studios & Media Ltd have acquired the rights to purchase Kog and James Godfrey's intimate video diaries of their motoxcycle travels entitled Round Oz Ride. 

The company's director, Jean-Paul Mertinez, company director, said he's looking forward to bringing their story to digital audiences. 

"This film represents everything we believe in. A great story, indigenous traditions and adventurous people opening up whilst trying to find the meaning of life," Mr Mertinez said. 

"I am delighted to be working with Kog and his team. It's a hugely hot doc!"

Kog and Peter Godfrey in France at the Cannes Film Festival.
Kog and Peter Godfrey in France at the Cannes Film Festival. Contributed

APRIL 15: CAPTURING their round Australia trip through the lens of a Go Pro has led a Kyogle father and son duo on another journey to showcase their country to an international audience at one of the world's most prestigious film festivals.

Peter 'Kog' Godfrey had just become an empty nester back in 2013 and was ready to embark on a journey he'd wanted to do for decades: a 40-day road trip around the continent.

Born and bred in Kyogle, the motorbike enthusiast was gearing up his Triumph Thunderbird to hit the road when days before days before his trip his son James, was 19 at the time, asked if he could come along for part of the ride.

Armed with a Go Pro, the pair who had only travelled as far north as Brisbane set off on their journey where they snapped photos and video daily to remember their trip of a lifetime.

From the tropics of North Queensland to the sunburnt country of Western Australia, the trip was a dream come true for Kog.

"It was just something magical, it was a great trip and everyday was great," Kog said.

The pair admitted the first few days were a bit tense but James said by Cairns, Qld he'd committed to doing the entire trip with his dad.

"I was a bit scared but I just went for it," James said.

Fast-forward four years and the pair are off to screen their adventure, Round Oz Ride, at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

It was only last year that the potential of Kog and his son's raw and honest footage was realised by professional film makers by fluke.

Melbourne-based producer David Waddington discovered the father-son's video through an unrelated conversation with one of the crew working on a TV series called My Kind Of Country.

The crewman, who knew Kog, showed Mr Waddington his friend's footage and self-published book Round Oz Ride.

It was there the beginning of the documentary adaptation of the book was born.

Inspired, Mr Waddington moved to the Northern Rivers to work full time on the film which has been accepted to showcase at Cannes.

Round Oz Ride will be screened three times throughout the festival at the Documentary Corner.

Kyogle's Peter 'Kog' Godfrey and his son, James making a generous donation of money raised from the showing of their film to the Lismore Council Flood Appeal.
Kyogle's Peter 'Kog' Godfrey and his son, James making a generous donation of money raised from the showing of their film to the Lismore Council Flood Appeal. Samantha Poate

The trend of motorcycling coupled with the initiate tale of Australia, Mr Waddington is confident the documentary will whet the appetite of the international film market.

"It's a human interest story that relates to most people," Mr Waddington said.

"A lot of people have no idea what Australia's like ... its a great tourist film as well.

"This deals with people living in the country and what pressure is put on families and sons and fathers when they live in ... a country town."

Kog hoped the documentary can bring the family "a little bit of fame and fortune" and put their beloved town of Kyogle on the map.

His wife and James' mum, Mary-Anne Godfrey isn't missing out this time with the entire family venturing to France for the festival with Mr Waddington in May



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