As WW1 ends in a prolonged drought, a young missionary, Rev. John Flynn, pioneers an Aerial Ambulance in the Australian Outback, setting himself up to fail in the hope that his dream will come true.
Medical aid was virtually non-existent when Flynn arrived at Oodnadatta on the railhead, 500 kms north of Adelaide in 1913. The Presbyterian Church wanted him to build churches, but the memory of his mother dying in childbirth, Flynn began building nursing hostels. He knew these would fail because of the huge distances. In the remote regions, people were dying before they could reach them, but he had faith in the future, which would ultimately put his face on the Australian twenty dollar note.
Flynn saw how aviation, radio and medicine could work together to save lives, but getting hold of an aeroplane was a long shot, when money was tight. As WW1 ended amidst a prolonged drought, QANTAS, a small western Queensland airline, agreed to build him an Aerial Ambulance with a cabin for a doctor and patient, but aeroplanes had no wireless and the technology to call it in an emergency didn’t exist. This made him less visionary, more a madman in the eyes of many, until he found an ally in the Board secretary and fell in love.
Flynn, a gifted photographer and jazz fan, lobbied Prime Minister Billy Hughes and Sidney Kidman the Cattle King. He drove his 1924 Dodge Buckboard, battling between the city and the bush, rallying support until near desperation, he opened the first inland hospital at Alice Springs. The Aerial Ambulance was on stand-by, Qantas were hanging by a thread and the world was downwind of a depression. The bush was silent and Flynn faced an uncertain future, until he recruited a young engineer who invented a pedal-powered radio which began a communications revolution.
MY DEAREST DREAM is a cracking yarn about a man who stakes his all on a dream. It’s a modern drama that encapsulates one of the most formative moments in Australian history – the opening up of the Outback, which led to the founding of today’s Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The dramatic power of MY DEAREST DREAM is the historical and contemporary significance of the protagonist, who triumphed against all odds, creating the potential for a film with broad appeal and strong family values. To help build this audience, film publicity will target mainstream media as well as remote community and business networks, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Qantas Founders Museum, Country Women’s Association, The Presbyterian Church of Australia, Frontier Services, the beef and wool Industries, telecommunications networks, tourist bodies, pastoral houses, the mining industry, health and other service providers.