WARBY

FOR PETE'S SAKE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Drama - Development 2014

The story of Ken Warby a steel worker from Newcastle, fight to achieve
his boyhood dream — to be the world's fastest man on water.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Writer(s)
    • Chris MOON
    • Producer(s)
    • Peta ASTBURY (For Pete's Sake Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • Ken Warby is a steel worker from Newcastle who dreams of breaking the World Water Speed Record. He sets out to achieve his dream by building a boat himself in his backyard after work and on weekends. He achieves the Australian record first and then sets out to break the World record, purchasing a set of used jet engines from the RAAF for $60 for the attempt. After his first attempt, the RAAF find out where their engines have ended up and trying to save themselves from a PR disaster, send out their best engineers to check over the boat before the attempt. After testing the boat aerodynamically, the engineer (Fink) says it's the fastest boat he has ever tested, and possibly the fastest boat in the World. With the RAAF now involved, an attempt is made on Blowering Dam, but doesn’t factor in the animosity from the local ski club who are not happy with the dam being closed to them for the day. They try to sabotage the attempt. Ken achieves the world record, but is frustrated by the previous holder who wont send the trophy over as he wishes to break the new record himself, but dies in the attempt. To sent the record straight, the next year Warby sets out to completely smash his own world record of 305mph, with the help of the RAAF engineers. His mother watches him go out on the water, fearful that he will not come back alive. In the boat; Ken's eyes are fixed on the horizon. He grips the wheel hard as the engine roars. The airspeed needle sits a whisker under 350mph - halfway between heaven and hell. He glances down at the vibrating speed indicator and is tempted to push on, but corrects himself, gently releasing the throttle and brings the boat in. Warby's record still stands. Two men have died attempting to break it over the last 30 years.
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