Give-Get-Go, a community outreach programme coming to Havering are embarking in their first documentary film.
The programme will present a real time film about a local woman, Amanda Harrison, who is winning her battle with life threatening cancer but for Amanda this is just the start of her journey.
Amanda triumphs over all adversity being as she is a pilot in a man’s world, and she dreams of flying an aeroplane round the world.
Give-Get-Go’s director Tony Klinger’s ‘Solo2Darwin’ is the true story of Amanda winning her battle with cancer that would be the end of a normal story, but with Amanda Harrison it is just the start.
Unstoppable Amanda is about to take on her biggest challenge, her lifetime ambition of flying solo to Darwin from the UK, emulating her hero, Amy Johnson.
This is the story of a remarkable woman who faced and triumphed over tremendous odds throughout her life.
Will Amanda be able to complete this dangerous and gruelling adventure so soon after surviving breast cancer?
Amanda said: “A teacher once told me that all i’ll be good for is stacking shelves and I thought I’m going to prove you’re wrong and now I feel like I am doing it.”
After school Amanda went on to obtain an Honours degree, overcoming dyslexia, then went on to gain her commercial pilots license.
Amanda not only flies jets commercially, but has also broken into the world of vintage flying.
The Solo2Darwin trip will see Amanda strapped into a leather seat protected only by fabric and wood in a tiny spitfire 1942 Bi-plane.
Amanda said: “I have a dream of flying my aircraft on a misty morning at 60 knots through the Transylvania foothills. “
The flight ahead will be treacherous and Amanda will be flying close to the Carpathian Mountains.
Even more dangerous though will be the mountains in Myanmar, as the weather can change in a matter of seconds from beautiful blue skies to killer monsoons.
Amanda will face volcanoes and the ring of fire before a gruelling 7 hours of flying, completely alone. Seated in the tiny aeroplane, straining to hear any cough of the engine. Any problems would mean ditching in the shark infested Timor Sea.
Amanda was asked why she wanted to do this and why she was encouraged to turn it into a film.
She said: “I can taste freedom, when the wheels lift off the ground. I was nearly dead but this proves I’m alive and I want others to find inspiration in my story.
“My journey proves women can achieve against huge odds.”
The film is currently in production and director Tony Klinger said: “This is the most exciting film I have ever been involved with. Im really excited to be telling Amanda’s story as she is one of our great local heroines.”