'No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.'
WILFRED THESIGER - Arabian Sands
Wilfred Thesiger was one of Britain's great explorers and writers. His greatest journeys were through the world's largest sand desert: the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula.
Inspired by their hero, adventurers Alastair Humphreys and Leon McCarron attempt a journey of their own into the Empty Quarter. Their trip is hastily-planned and low budget: unable to afford camels they instead hope to drag a homemade steel cart (filled with 300kg of supplies) through the ferocious desert heat. This film is their story.
Alastair and Leon’s experiences differ vastly from Thesiger's: the oilfields, the decadence of an occasional cold Pepsi and the madness of the duo's chosen end point are all unlikely to have impressed Major Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, CBE, DSO, FRAS, FRGS. Yet though much has changed, much remains the same. The heat; the hunger and thirst; the dunes and the plains; the silence and the nights filled with stars; the local hospitality: all this Alastair and Leon shared with Thesiger on their 1000 mile trek across the Arabian Peninsula. Into the Empty Quarter is a very modern telling of a classic travel story.
About the Film
25 April 2015