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Paper Planes (2014)

Not Rated | | Family | 15 January 2015 (Australia)
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:
... Jack
... Dylan
... Maureen
Ena Imai ... Kimi
Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke ... Jason
... Kevin
Terry Norris ... Grandpa
Peter Rowsthorn ... Mr. Hickenlooper
... Patrick
... Jethro
... Classmate
... Headmistress
Daniel Holliday ... Teacher
Caroline McKenzie ... Grandpa's Lady Friend
Sally Sander ... Grandpa's Lady Friend


After an unexpected introduction to the world of competitive paper-plane throwing, the timid 12-year-old, Dylan Weber, finally makes it to the Aussie Junior Championships in Sydney. However, with a resigned father living in the past, Dylan will have to use his resourcefulness to come up with a winning paper-plane model for the World Junior Paper Plane Championship in Tokyo, to compete against skilful and very ambitious contestants. Clearly, at the end of Dylan's great adventure, the only important thing is fighting for what matters in life--and even though winning is something--never giving up is everything. 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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Did You Know?


For interested Perth residents: Did you know that the Japanese scenes where they are touring a pond and watching the Japanese make Japanese paper and screen printing, and also there is a scene where the Japanese martial artists are partaking in Kendo (which is the national sport of Japan), well these scenes were actually filmed in Perth at Willow Pond Reception Centre located in Canning Vale. The very special effect (otherwise known as CGI) is quite realistic as the city skyline in the backdrop of the gardens at Willow Pond Reception Centre and gardens. Of special mention also is that the martial artists who appear in the Kendo scene were actual students of the Budokan Martial Arts Academy located on the grounds of Willow Pond Reception Centre. See more »


When Dylan and his granddad are in the 'plane in the museum the plane has a cutaway to show the insides of the cockpit. At the end of this sequence when the police turn up, the cutaway is no longer there and it now has a solid panel displaying the number 652. See more »


Dylan: Look! Look at this. There's a world out there, alright?
Jack: I don't get it?
Dylan: You don't get it, Dad! You don't get it. I'm 12 and I get it. She's dead. She's not gonna come back. Ever. We're never gonna see her again...
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References Battle of Britain (1969) See more »


Bow River
Written by Ian Moss (as I. Moss) (Mushroom Music Publishing)
Performed by Cold Chisel
Under exclusive license to Cold Chisel Pty Limited
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd
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Chappy Watched: Paper Planes
8 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

I am not a fan of Australian movies, some of them are okay but not one has ever blown me away.

Paper Planes might actually be the first!

I wasn't expecting a lot from it, then to get the end of the film and realize that I really enjoyed it was quite a surprise!

The story was really beautiful, lighthearted and funny and it has a brilliant cast, including Sam Worthington, that really makes the film entertaining to watch, including Terry Norris as Grandpa who always managed to steal the show.

It has a good flow and has your attention from beginning to end.

Just a beautiful and light movie that you should definitely give a watch!

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