“Lydia Lassila: The Will To Fly” is perfectly timed to capture the growing positive shift in recognition of women in sports. The film supports the grassroots community and educational movements empowering young women to realize their maximum potential in all areas of life. The high quality big screen documentary is shot in stunning snow caped locations.
It captures extraordinary athletic feats alongside moving personal stories. Some of the world’s most high profile athletes share the screen with Lydia and her family. This superbly crafted film is both entertaining and the perfect experiential talking point.
THE WILL TO FLY IS THE DESIRE TO STAY TRUE TO YOUR HEART AND REACH THE AMBITIONS THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DREAMT ABOUT
It is a story about a woman who maintained a loyalty to her younger self, by conquering the ambitious goals she set, with a fire she never let die down. The film is a historic portrayal about the life and tumultuous sport career of Lydia Lassila through the times of world dominance by the Australian aerial ski team. As a young gymnast, Lydia Lassila’s Olympic aspirations were set and then dashed by injuries and missed opportunities. Aerial skiing provided a second chance opportunity to realise her dream – and create many new ones.
Through an experimental roller-coaster career of guts and perseverance, she turned some major setbacks into fuel for an all-mighty comeback. Lydia won the 2010 Olympic games with a world record score still held today. After winning the 2010 Olympic games, Lydia returned to the sport as a young mother, with a pursuit of becoming the first woman to perform the most complex acrobatic manoeuvre that only men had ever achieved before, a “quadruple twisting, triple somersault” on skis. Lydia Lassila didn’t want her acrobatic potential to be unknown. She had a title to defend, but more importantly a score to settle, with herself. This is a quest to reach personal fulfilment by achieving her true potential, on the world stage at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. With a classical story construction of the ‘hero’s journey’, showcasing the spectacles of an entire career in 99 minutes, Lydia Lassila inspires us all with The Will To Fly.
The Will To Fly will premiere on International Women’s Day, March 8th 2016.
It will be available to the public in cinemas throughout Australia on March 10th.