Backtrack Boys

Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays

host: Christabel and Grace

where: Monday 20th May, 6:45 pm Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays

Shop 9, 2 East Circular Quay Sydney

$20.00 AUD Admission + $2.00 booking fee + $8.00 fundraiser fee = $30.00

*This screening is a fundraiser.

this screening is:


Screening happened already. Missed out? Host your own HERE

tip point

the screening

Christabel and Grace bring you this special fundraiser screening of Backtrack Boys on Monday 20th May, 6:45 pm at Dendy Cinemas Opera Quays NSW!

The film will commence at 7:00pm

A portion of each ticket sold will be going towards fundraising for Backtrack Youthworks – the organisation behind the film.

Keep up to date on our Facebook Event Page!


In 2008 Grace’s family got a puppy called Leo. Leo is a very good dog, and was also a BackTrack puppy; every weekend Bernie Shakeshaft would come by in a big truck and collect him to join his brothers and sisters at the BackTrack shed in Armidale. There Leo partnered with BackTrack boys to train for local and regional shows and dog obedience and jumping competitions. One year the boys and their dogs travelled as far as Melbourne and another year showed off their skills to the Prime Minister in Canberra.

Eleven years later, together with FanForce, we would like to invite you to the screening of a documentary following the journey of the BackTrack boys and their dogs. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated towards Backtrack Youthworks, to help them continue their mission of partnering kids with very good dogs, changing a lot of lives and getting kids back on track.

[yt-video title="Backtrack Boys" type="video" src=""]


the film

A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course towards jail until they meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team.

This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural town in Australia. On the road, the boys find their voice, make great friendships and the dogs become national champions. But as the boy’s sleep under the stars at night the trauma is never too far away. With their survival and futures at stake they must constantly step up, push themselves, support each other and some days can be hard. This inspiring coming of age story reveals the challenges and triumphs these boys face as they try to find their place in the world, and the dogs that help tame their wild ways.

A life-affirming documentary, Backtrack Boys explores Bernie’s philosophy in action and through the journey of the kids in his care. It reveals how he helps them to navigate their relationships, deal with personal trauma, take responsibility for their own decisions and gain practical job skills so they can eventually create a sustainable future for themselves.


Please note: The creators of Backtrack Boys are passionate about making a difference with this documentary and may be in contact via email with audiences members after screenings to get their thoughts. Please contact us at if you prefer not to be contacted.

tickets sold


tickets available


time left to buy


One moment...

Show password

I confirm that I have read, consent and agree to the FanForce Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy, and I am of legal age.