Normal People Would Drive
A team of middle-aged women, who have never considered themselves athletes, head to the remote Australian outback to test their physical and mental limits in a desert ultramarathon. Back-of-pack endurance athlete, Cath, has found training for and taking part in ultramarathons to be life-changing. Wanting others to share this transformative experience, she decides to recruit a team of ‘unlikely adventurers’ from around Australia to train and compete in a desert ultramarathon. Eighteen women join team ‘Normal People Would Drive’, united by their desire to challenge their own belief that they are not ‘athletes.’ They head to the Simpson Desert Ultra, a new trail running ultramarathon in the remote Australian outback town of Birdsville, created by local resident Jenna. While the team event results are mixed, ultimately this is not a story about finishing. It is a story about choosing to be brave enough to start. And about stepping out of what society tells middle-aged women that they are, and what they can do or should do. It is about women supporting other women to achieve their goals. And the self-belief to be whatever they want to be. Honorable Mention – Lookout Wild Film Festival 2023. Silver Award Winner – Independent-Star Filmfest 2022. Finalist – Mountain & Adventure Film Festival 2022. Official Selections 2022: Kendal Mountain Festival, Buenos Aires Running Film Festival, Women’s Adventure Film Tour, London Mountain Film Festival, Wasatch Mountain Film Festival, LA Femme Short Film Festival, Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Travel Fest Albania, Houston International Sports Film Festival, No Man’s Land Film Festival, Adventure Uncovered Film Festival, TRAVEL FILM International Film Festival.