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submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 19.12.2011

Crossing the ditch. The DVD

Authors: James Castrission and Justin Jones

When Published: 2010


To pick up a copy you have two options:

1) Go to any good DVD store ie JB Hi Fi, EzyDVD, ABC Shops

or preferably...

2) Get your signed copy direct from us!! All our proceeds are going towards our next expedition. CLICK HERE


Channel 7 to show the Doco and NEW DVD!!

The Crossing the Ditch doco was picked up by Channel Seven and Seven Two. It aired at:

- Channel 7 : Sunday August 8th @ 10am across Oz except Perth (early I know...) &

- Channel 7 Two : Sunday August 29th @ 4pm across Oz

I'm glad that it's finally on a network and happy that Seven have picked it only tiny little gripe is that we had to cut it down to a 44minute cut. It's quite hard to condense 3.5years of preparation, planning and paddling into such a sort timeframe...which brings me on to my next point!

There is a new version of the DVD out for sale!!!

As you probably picked up from the new DVD cover above, the Crossing the Ditch DVD has just had a dramatic make-over. We've partnered up with DV1 ( to create a new doco with tonnes of juicy features including:

- A new 70 minute Cut

- 45 minutes of extras including video diaries, deleted scenes, podcasts, pictures and of course the answer to the most asked question we ever get: How did we go the bathroom!! (It is an absolute must watch...see James squeal like a little schoolgirl!)

To repeat: To pick up a copy you have two options:

1) Go to any good DVD store ie JB Hi Fi, EzyDVD, ABC Shops

or preferably...

2) Get your signed copy direct from us!! All our proceeds are going towards our next expedition. CLICK HERE

***This is the documentary that was produced about Crossing the Ditch (Ditch would be translated as lagathi in Greek, and is colloquial language used to refer the expanse of water, the Tasman Sea, which lies between Australia and New Zealand). The documentary won it's category for best film on adventure and exploration at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada - the "el primo" outdoor film festival in the world! Cass expressed “a big thanks to the crew from Quail Television for helping this all happen, especially Greg Quail and Doug Howard who saw the merit in our expedition and made it possible for us to share our little trip with the rest of the world”!

On Sunday 20th November 2011, Crossing the Ditch won the Grand Prize at the prestigious Kendal Mountain Film Festival, which is staged in England.

Kendal's Brewery Arts Centre, the main venue for the Kendal Mountain Festival
More than 7,500 people are estimated to have attended the festival over the November weekend to watch films ranging from high-level mountaineering epics, to behind-the-scenes looks at the production of nature documentaries in high environments, as well as listen to a host of speakers. Now in its 12th year, the festival featured 61 films totaling 150 hours, covering a wide range of outdoor and adventure subjects including climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking, culture and exploration. Cas (James Castrission’s “nick name is Cas), and Jonesy’s efforts to be awarded the Grand Prize against such illustrious competition is extraordinary.

The DVD is a must have for every Kytherian library around the world.

History > Documents

submitted by Kytherian Cultural Exchange on 20.12.2011

Crossing the ditch

Author: James Castrission

When Published: 2009. Publication Date: 2009-07-01


Available: From the Crossing the ditch website. And all good bookstores

Category: Expeditions

ISBN: 9780732288594

Description: Format, Paperback. Pages, 336. Dimensions (mm), 234x153x23mm

Don't forget to also purchase Crossing the ditch, the DVD

The story of how James Castrission and Justin Jones rowed a kayak from Australia to New Zealand

"Our journey across the Tasman was frightening at times. Sharks tearing at our hull, 30-foot waves crashing over our kayak, and the possibility that the stern of the boat might be ripped away; these were all very real fears. Who were we to take on the Tasman Sea? But the little kid inside me screamed, 'Go on, mate, give it a go.' James Castrission, from Crossing the Ditch. No one had ever successfully navigated the Tasman by kayak from Australia to New Zealand. Andrew McAuley had come close just months earlier - tragically, though, not near enough to save his life. But two young Australians, James Castrission and Justin Jones, reached the sand at New Plymouth - and a place in history - on 13 January 2008, 62 days after they'd set off from Forster on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. They were sunburnt, bearded, underweight, physically and mentally wasted ...and, most of all, happy to be alive"