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.



Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Director: Miguel Arteta
Stars: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould
Max I (2015)
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Director: Boaz Yakin
Stars: Thomas Haden Church, Josh Wiggins, Luke Kleintank
Home II (2015)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference.

Director: Tim Johnson
Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

Director: Stuart McDonald
Stars: Alan Tudyk, Sarah Snook, Coco Jack Gillies
Cinderella I (2015)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
Tomorrowland (2015)
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Director: Brad Bird
Stars: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Having just lost their father, brothers Asher and Charlie's already fragile relationship undergoes a test of almost mythic proportions when one of them commits an act of mindless cruelty.

Director: Brendon McDonall
Stars: Di Adams, Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke, Ed Oxenbould
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Masked Avenger can make things happen. Though at 10 he is considered young for a justice fighter he has already proved himself highly effective in the pursuit of peace. He has ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Moore
Stars: Nash Edgerton, Genevieve Hegney, Eliza Logan
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lambert joins the Dragon Slayers' League to save Altera from the Black Dragon.

Director: Yuefeng Song
Stars: Jiao Xu, Guanlin Ji, Ying Huang
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Lucas Simons, an 11 year-old filmmaker, is obsessed with death after the loss of his brother. When Lucas accidentally captures a mysterious presence in one of his films, he inadvertently ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Shreve
Stars: Toby Nichols, Tim Meadows, W. Earl Brown
Pan (2015)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Director: Joe Wright
Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund
Minions (2015)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton


Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Dennison ...
Peter Rowsthorn ...
Mr. Hickenlooper
Talei Howell-Price ...
Daniel Holliday ...
Terry Norris ...
Caroline McKenzie ...
Grandpa's Lady Friend
Sally Sander ...
Grandpa's Lady Friend
Cindy, Dylan's Mum
America's Cup Commentator
Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke ...


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


If at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again.




See all certifications »


Official Sites:




Release Date:

15 January 2015 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Aviones de papel  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


When Jack wakes Dylan to show him the sailing video, there is a robot clock/toy on Dylan's nightstand. When Dylan goes back to bed, there is now a glass of water. See more »


Dylan: I'm going to stay with you for as long as it takes
See more »


References Battle of Britain (1969) See more »


Do or Die
Written by Jared Leto
Performed by 30 Seconds to Mars
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A story about dealing with loss, and the simple pleasure of flying paper planes
12 July 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a sweet, simple little film, but with some interesting and thoughtful themes to get your kids thinking a little more about things they see sometimes, but may not really understand.

The biggest of those themes is loss, and the reviewers who don't 'get' Sam Worthingtons character have completely missed this. You don't just 'get over' the loss of your wife five months after her sudden death, everyone has their own way of coming back, and Worthington's character hasn't found that way back when we meet him in the film. He's still lost. And it's his son's understanding of his dads grief that underpins the entire film. It's subtle, but it's the whole driving force of this story. The actual competition that seems to drive the film is actually secondary... but ultimately becomes the catalyst to get the father through his grief and back to 'life'.

My 8yo son picked up on this about halfway through the film, when the father refused to sell the piano - he said 'I know why he can't sell it'. The storyline didn't flesh it out until later, when Dylan told Kimi that his mum had been a piano teacher - and this is another thing the film does; it reveals its layers slowly, and for the most part lets its audience figure things out for themselves.

The messages and lessons for the target audience start almost from the beginning of the film - it will get kids thinking about sportsmanship, peer pressure, role models, friendship, and loss... and it does so with a good dose of laughter and a sublime sense of the ridiculous - always a winner with kids.

Worthington's character didn't really hit his stride until mid film, which was a shame - it left the door open for the less cerebral members of the audience to assume he was just a deadbeat dad, and when those types make that assumption, they'll drop dead before they'll admit to themselves that they were wrong. Not Worthington's fault; the script should have introduced the bereavement earlier than it did.

I also think the connection between Dylan's father and grandfather should have been explored a little more. Ultimately we end up knowing nothing about his father other than that he's shattered by the loss of his wife - that's a given, so why didn't we get a little more about the man himself? I slept on my lounge plenty of times myself in the months following my separation from my wife, but if I were a movie character I'd want my audience to know a bit more about me than that fact.

Tip - have a decent supply of A4 paper on hand for the morning after watching this movie with your kids :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fun film Artaxias_I
Great Aussie Film hovee77
2015 Newport Beach Film Festival- Special Screening chloewm
THAT SONG!! HELP??!! seif_224
Discuss Paper Planes (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: