In For the Ride
In For the Ride
A Feature Documentary

In a hundred year old travelling carnival, the next generation
are about to take over – but is this the future they want?



In a parallel world, behind the tarpaulins and sideshows, we meet the Bells. A family that’s been carving a path across Australia for over a hundred years, from its beginnings in the outback boxing tents to the million dollar rides they haul on semi trailers, we enter a world that not many people have seen before.

15 year old Roy Bell is a fifth generation showkid, and is gearing up to take over the family business. As he operates one of the tallest traveling rides we learn about what it’s been like growing up in this world. As the next in line to take over, Roy talks about the pressures on him and what he expects to get out of his life.

His sister, 19 year old Elle, is at University studying business, and is uncertain of her own future in the show - knowing she wants to have a family one day, but being aware of how hard it is to find a partner in the same segregated industry. For Elle it could mean leaving the showgrounds for good, and it’s something she is preparing herself for.  Their father, Elwin Bell Jnr, has been teaching his 5 kids the ways of the show since they were born, and along with his own father, Elwin Bell Snr, can see that some traditions are being left behind, and that peoples’ attitudes to carnivals are changing.

As we criss-cross Australia with the Bells and their entourage of trucks and trailers, we see a new perspective - an economical shift away from this classic form of entertainment, and the possible demise of the carnival. 



















Isabel Darling is a video producer and filmmaker living in Batemans Bay, NSW. Since her studies in Film & TV production in Melbourne in 2002, Isabel has worked as a video editor and cinematographer on numerous corporate projects and short films.

Isabel’s recent documentary ‘Corey the Warrior’ was selected by numerous festivals around the world, including the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Australian Short Documentary in 2017. The film was also selected for the International Film Festival on Disability in Cannes, France, with Isabel in attendance. In 2017 ‘Corey the Warrior’ was screened on ABC iview, SBS TV, SBS Online, Foxtel and was selected as part of the Virgin inflight program for 2018. 

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Hiromi Matsuoka – Producer

World-class Producer, Hiromi Matsuoka joins ‘In For the Ride’, bringing her wealth of knowledge, logistical experience and wisdom to the production team.

Having worked with some of the world’s biggest brands across the globe, Hiromi is the go-to production management consultant in the region.

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Joshua Smith - Producer

Joshua Smith is a Producer & Screenwriter from New South Wales, Australia. Graduating at the Australian Film Television & Radio School in 2010 from the Producers course Josh wrote his first feature screenplay, under the guidance and mentorship of prolific writer, director & producer, Robert Connelly (‘The Bank’, ‘Balibo’, ‘The Slap’, ‘Romulus, My Father’)

He has produced multiple short films and music videos. His short 'KIN' won the Swinburne award for emerging Australian film maker at Melbourne international film festival 2012. Since graduating he has worked in production as Production Coordinator and Unit Manager on features and TVCs. 

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Andrew Belk - Story Consultant

Andrew Belk is a writer and filmmaker based on the NSW South Coast. After working as
a journalist for 10 years he studied Film & Television at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Since then he has specialised in social advocacy and ‘for good’ story-telling; shooting documentaries across Asia and Africa and making content for ABC, SBS, and Fairfax.

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