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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.


Robert Connolly


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Worthington ... Jack
Ed Oxenbould ... Dylan
Deborah Mailman ... Maureen
Ena Imai Ena Imai ... Kimi
Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke ... Jason
Julian Dennison ... Kevin
Terry Norris Terry Norris ... Grandpa
Peter Rowsthorn Peter Rowsthorn ... Mr. Hickenlooper
David Wenham ... Patrick
Alex Williams ... Jethro
Prea Cunningham ... Classmate
Talei Howell-Price ... Headmistress
Daniel Holliday Daniel Holliday ... Teacher
Caroline McKenzie Caroline McKenzie ... Grandpa's Lady Friend
Sally Sander Sally Sander ... Grandpa's Lady Friend


After an unexpected introduction to the world of competitive paper-plane throwing, the timid twelve-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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If at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again. See more »




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Release Date:

15 January 2015 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Aviones de papel See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Vessel, Odyssey that appears in the film is owned by Odyssey Expeditions which operates along the Kimberley region WA See more »


When Dylan (Ed Oxenbould) goes to chat to Patrick (David Wenham) whilst he's playing putt putt golf on the roof, in two shots you can see Dylan holding a putting iron, however in all other scenes he never picks up the iron or has it in his hand, only a paper plane. 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 »


Learn to Live
Written by Lior (as L. Attar), Lachlan Carrick (as L. Carrick) and C. Deyell
(Mushroom Music Publishing)
Performed by Lior
Courtesy of Lior
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A brave effort
10 February 2015 | by eils2301See all my reviews

I really wanted to love this film, and I do like it! It is a beacon in the turgid sea of recent offerings which do not appeal to a general Australian audience (hence their woeful returns at the box office - Beautiful Kate, Samson and Delilah ... I could go on) The premise is intriguing and the story is compelling, the acting generally competent. My main complaint is directed at the clunky dialogue. This is a general criticism but specifically aimed at the lines given to the kids as I am country born and bred, and a teacher of country kids. The conversations and interaction between kids is unconvincing, and needed a major edit. I hasten to add that the Peter Rowsthorne character seems authentic.

However it is a heartwarming and uplifting depiction of achievement against the odds and I hope that itdoes well.

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