Jim

paraplegic

Jim

CRASH FILE:

  • 26 August 1985, near Birdsville, QLD. Aged 25.
  • KTM 600 motorcycle
  • Spine shattered at T12/L1 vertebra (back)

Jim, 50, is gregarious and goal-driven

He’s an innovative ‘ideas man’ who can see a mission through from conception to conclusion. However motivated he is, he is still hindered by one thing…. After 25 years, Jim still walks in his dreams. When he wakes, even now, he is shocked and disappointed to see his wheelchair at the end of his bed.

The only things Jim loves more than his quad bike are his wife, Marianne, and his son and daughter.

Jim’s was 25 when he crashed. It was near Birdsville during a motorcycle race from Sydney to Darwin. He was attempting to overtake a car to make up time. Because Jim was knocked unconscious in the accident, he doesn’t actually know where his crash site is. It has taken him ten years to find Bob Goad, the police officer who came to his aid at the scene. Jim hopes to meet Bob in Birdsville on the 25th anniversary of the crash so that Bob can guide him to the exact spot where his life changed. 

In a twist of fate, nature is against Jim and torrential rains flood the Simpson Desert. Lakes appear where there hasn’t been water for 20 years. Reaching Birdsville becomes unlikely… Can Jim make the pilgrimage to his crash site and finally find some closure?

  • AGAINST THE GRAIN PRESENTS, THE RIDE, A FILM BY SANDRA COOK - CRAIG PARSONS, JIM CAIRNS, ANTON ZAPPELLI, TERRY MADER - CINEMATOGRAPHY BY CONAN FITZPATRICK, SOUND RECORDIST ROB STANKOVICH, EDITED BY TIM WOODHOUSE - OFFLINE EDITOR ELENDIL ARCHER, ONLINE EDITOR ERFAN KHADEM, MUSIC BY ROBERT CLARK, SOUND DESIGNER JOHN BRIDGES - ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS SCOTT BRYAN & MARCEL PETRIG & SCOTT LANE & IAN GREEN - TITLES & GRAPHICS BY HACKETT FILMS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS JIM CAIRNS & SUSAN MACKINNON - DIRECTED BY SANDRA COOK, PRODUCED BY SANDRA COOK