Paper Planes

Synopsis: 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
Genre: Family
Director(s): Robert Connolly
Production: Arenamedia
  6 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

...test cricket, and the first ball

of the day from Gillies.




I know this vibe is true

There is hope for love

There is beauty in the world


Beauty in the world

So much beauty in the world

Always beauty in the world

So much beauty

in the world

When I look around,

I see blue skies

I see butterflies for us

- Listen to the sound...

- Clive!

And lose it

- It's sweet music...

- Clive!

And dance with me

And dance with me

There is beauty in the world

So much beauty in the world

Pick your diamond

Pick your pearl

There is beauty in the world


Throw your hands up and holler


- Throw your hands up and...

- Whoa.

When you don't know

what to do

Don't know

if you'll make it through

Remember God has given you

Beauty in the world

Oh, Lord...

See ya later.

Yeah, love

Oh, Lord

Pick your diamond

Pick your pearl

There is beauty in the world


Hey, baby,

when I'm looking at you now

I know it's fact, it's true

There is hope for love

There is beauty

in the world.

Hey, Dylan. Nice phone.

You expecting a call from 1997?

- Make it stop! Make it stop!

- Seriously?

Good morning, everybody.

You know the drill.

It's sombrero time.

All devices in the Sombrero of Joy.


Thank you, senoras.

Are you well this morning,


Everyone well, are they?

Thank you very much.

Kevin. Payload, please.

Thank you, Kevin.

- Wait.

- Here we go.

- Yeah.

- Thank you. Anything else?

- Thought there might be.

- Yeah.

- Game Boy. That's old-school.

- And that.

- There's probably a couple more.

- Oh, sorry. Got one more.

One more phone.

Everyone needs two.

Are we done? At least you're

reading your books, which is...


Thank you very much.

Uh, everybody...

This morning,

we shall start with a pop quiz.


We're actually

gonna have some fun today.

I have a student teacher here

from Melbourne.

Please, everyone,

say hello to Jethro.

- Hi, Jethro.

- Hi, kids.

We're gonna head to the hall.

Everyone out of your chairs.

We'll make our way quietly.

Today, I'm going to teach you

how to make

the perfect paper plane.

Alright, so, first time, we're gonna

make it however you want.

You can do it your own design,

whatever you like.

We'll just pass these around.

Pass those around. There you go.

Then I'll teach you some tips

a bit later.

So who's gonna make

the best paper plane?

I'm gonna make

the best paper plane.

- Not me.

- Not you? Come on!

Where's your confidence?

So how far do people think

they can get their planes?

- 10 metres? Five metres?

- 50.

50? You're dreaming.

The distance world record

for a paper plane is 69.13 metres.

- Whoof!

- That's a long way.

To even qualify

for the junior championship,

you need to hit at least 25 metres,

which would mean

it'd have to go over that wall

and halfway down the veranda.

Does anyone reckon

they could do that?

- We could do that.

- Get it past that wall?

- We could do that.

- You could do that?

- Yes!

- We'll see.

- I know how we'll do it.

- Alright.

If you're finished,

hold up your paper plane.

Oh, there's some good ones

in there.

Pretty good. Alright!

Get up. Let's do it.

- Everyone up.

- Let's go, people. Come on.

Come on.

Move the chairs.

We're gonna see

who can go the furthest.


let me see your planes.

Good. Good. Oh, that's good.

Interesting. Nice.

Nice. All ready?

Ready to launch?

On my count.

One, two, three!

- Whoa!

- Whoa, Dylan!


Whoa, whoa, whoa!

Guys, come on!

- Let's go!

- Come on!

Oh, come back!

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Robert Connolly

Robert Connolly (born 1967) is a film director, producer and screenwriter based in Melbourne, Australia.Connolly is best known as the director and writer of the feature films Balibo, Three Dollars and The Bank, and the producer of the high-profile Australian films Romulus, My Father and The Boys. more…

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