A HOME VIDEO ON STEROIDS…

Shot non-stop over 12 months with 3 cameras, and on over 27,000 minutes of video tape, Backpackers is possibly the most daringly honest and ambitious tight-arse series undertaken on such a huge scale in Europe. The show follows the story of three mates from country Victoria who decided to leave behind their everyday lives, step outside their comfort zones and venture into the unknown. Over one year Jag, Mick and Lee will run out of money 7 times, fall in love 5 times, be robbed 4 times, experience 20 countries, 5 festivals and get lost on their way to such places as: Cuntis (Spain), Condom (France) and Fucking (Austria). On this reality road trip, random passengers help shape the journey by becoming a part of the adventure, suggesting destinations and even helping to present the show.

An unplanned and unscripted format sets the style of Backpackers in a strange combination of the running reality story of the journey and flippantly presented content with bold down to earth interviews with random off the wall characters.

In this time of overly produced re-constituted reality TV games shows, these three travellers-come-unsuspecting television presenters set out on a mission to experience the world and tell it how it is. Whether it’s cooking BBQ Haggis on the banks of Loch Ness, running with the bulls, tomato fighting, living in a camper van for 8 months, getting busted for drug possession, snail farming, ice skinny dipping or any other form of self abuse, Backpackers are there and joining in on the action instead of standing outside playing field.

Backpackers would be described as a home video on steroids. Being self-produced and shot on small high quality camcorders it has a raw ultra realistic feel that is rarely seen these days. Hidden cameras take you first hand to places you wouldn’t expect such as into the Pamplona Bull Run and Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District. Original unsigned Aussie bands have donated the music that frames the program, providing a fast paced and emotive soundtrack that drives the series.

Described as subconsciously inspirational, Backpackers aims to be a cult travel show with no limitations, where the journey is not just where you are or how you get there, but who you meet along the way…