An imaginative children's film about a young Australian boy's passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ena Imai ...
Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke ...
Terry Norris ...
Peter Rowsthorn ...
Mr. Hickenlooper
Talei Howell-Price ...
Daniel Holliday ...
Caroline McKenzie ...
Grandpa's Lady Friend
Sally Sander ...
Grandpa's Lady Friend


On a beautiful sunny morning, Jethro, an uncommon instructor, heads to an elementary school. He is an expert in paper planes, planning to demonstrate the art of paper plane folding to the students and to inform them of the State Competition for the Junior Championship next Sunday. The unexpected introduction to the world of competitive paper plane throwing will excite timid 12-year-old Dylan Weber, forcing him to do his best to beat the 25m qualification point and make it to the Aussie Junior Championships in Sydney. Before long, Dylan will get his ticket to compete, yet, with a father living in the past uninspired and resigned because of his wife's death in a car accident some five months ago, he will have to use his resourcefulness to come up with a winning paper plane model and all the help he can get to make his newfound dream a reality. With the ultimate goal set at the World Junior Paper Plane Championship in Tokyo, talented Dylan not only will he have to gather the sum for such... Written by Nick Riganas

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Release Date:

15 January 2015 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Aviones de papel  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The scenes, with cast members, set in Sydney Australia, were actually shot in and around Perth, which is 2,000 miles away (as the crow flies), on the western, and opposite coast of Australia. See more »


There are two comments put in to assist in marketing the film in the USA. Firstly, Mr. Hickenlooper tells the students they are going to have a 'pop quiz'. Australian schools do not have 'pop quizzes' - this is an American educational practice. Secondly, when Jason pushes Dylan down the stairs, he calls Dylan 'white trash'. This is an American term not used in Australia. See more »


Grandpa: [Giving Dylan a present] I, uh... thought you might like something to remind you of home if you're missing us.
Dylan: Oh, you're still my favourite living fossil!
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References Battle of Britain (1969) See more »


Written by Chad Hugo (as Hugo) and Pharrell Williams (as Williams)
(Universal Music - Careers/Rayncahser Music
Administered by Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd/
Native Tongue Music Publishing Pty Ltd
a/ba songs Music Publishing, LLC a/b/a Songs MP (BMI)/
© 2003 EMI Blackwood Music
Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd.)
Performed by Kelis
Under exclusive license to Virgin Records Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Not just for kids!
8 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Paper Planes is a great movie for all ages really. I as an adult really liked it. The cast is quite great and the children in the movie are completely not obnoxious. The lead of the movie (Ed Oxenbould, who happened to be at the movie's premier at TIFF along with other cast members) was terrific.

The story moves at a very good pace so you don't zone out. The story itself is not very complex which is a bonus point. Western Australia is captured nicely here, you really get a feel for what life there is like.

This movie could have been a major tearjerker but I'm glad there are strong elements of humour and lightheartedness. It feels 'real' despite being a movie about incredible paper planes! I definitely recommend this movie.

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