Big Shakeout 2016
Steepedge Adventure Film Festival
Partnering with Steepedge, our sister video on demand adventure film channel, the Big Shakeout features some of the best films from the Adventure Film Festival circuit this year
We live in an age when most of the world's biggest mountains have been climbed. So climbers today get creative and find new ways to push themselves. Some of us get lucky and encounter a moment when technology and skill collide. The right weather materializes, the right partners. The vision for a route emerges, along with the belief that it can be climbed. One of the biggest climbing movies of the year. A must watch film.
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch is a sleepy patch of rural Arkansas where nothing much happens. Except for once a year, when hundreds of climbers descend on the place for 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell, a climbing competition that’s a bizarre mix of Burning Man and Climbing magazine. When elite climber Alex Honnold shows up, he brings his A game. But he might not be prepared for two things: the level of rowdiness and a pair of underdog climbers.
High ball bouldering - where a fall could lead to serious injury - is not for the faint hearted. Add to the equation a level of difficult at climbings cutting edge, and things can get down right out of control. Follow Daniel Woods' epic battle to conquer fear and climb the highball test-peice 'The Process'.
Tom lives with his father James on a campsite in the Dolomites, living off James’ small pension. Even though his mother, the great British alpinist Alison Hargreaves, died descending K2 when he was just six years old, Tom always wanted to be a climber. His whole life is dedicated to the mountains and his last goal is to climb solo the Six North Faces of the Alps in a single winter season. Nobody’s ever done it, and he wants to be the first. We knew Tom just a couple of weeks before he began his winter project. His personal story and his solo winter project deserved to be told, so together with Ruggero Arena, photographer and climber, we decided to begin shooting . Ruggero followed Tom to the base of the North Faces and the climbing part was filmed by Tom himself with his gopro. It was impossible to follow him and we didn’t want to re-film anything, everything had to be filmed in the right moment it was happening.
This Rapha Gold Award winning film tells Eileen Sheridans remarkable story right from her early Coventry touring club days to her celebrated, record-breaking professional rides. Her 1000 miles ...
RAPHA BEST ROAD CYCLING FILM GOLD AWARD WINNER
WOMEN IN ADVENTURE SILVER AWARD WINNER
The remarkable story of Eileen Sheridan, one of Britain's greatest ever cyclists, who defied the odds to become a pro-cyclist in the 1950s, setting records that would stand for decades. Eileen, now aged 90, gives a first hand account of her astonishing career, from early Coventry Touring Club days to her famous endurance rides as a professional. Rarely seen archive is combined with dramatic reconstruction to recreate her epic 1954 ride from Lands End to John O'Groats, a journey that pushed her to her absolute limits. With narration by comedian Josie Long.
Runaway people's winner at its Kendal Mountain Festival premier. Operation Moffat is a joyous film that takes inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britain's first female mountain guide, Gwen Moffat
KENDAL FILM FESTIVAL - 2015 PEOPLE CHOICE WINNER
BANFF FILM FESTIVAL - 2015 FINALIST
A BMC TV production, Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide, Gwen Moffat. Grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security and wilderness over ticklists, writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall climb, run, scramble and swim their way through Gwen’s most cherished British landscapes. Including candid interviews with 91 year old Gwen, previously unseen archive material and unashamedly real action sequences, this film captures Gwen’s infectious excitement for a life constantly seeking something strange or beautiful around the next bend.
British adventurers Tom Allen and Leon McCarron set out to follow Iran’s longest river, the Karun, by human powered means. Their aim is to go beyond the politics and explore the culture and geography of this most misunderstood of nations and have a great adventure doing so. But despite Tom’s previous experience of travel in Iran, they find that cultural differences run deeper than they’d realised. And when the once-calm waters of the Karun turn nasty, they wonder if they’ve bitten off more than they can chew
In the spring of 2014, Tom & Leon set out to explore a broad slice of culture and geography of Iran by following the country’s longest river, the Karun, from source to sea. What they found was a country markedly different to the one so often portrayed in Western media. Both Tom and Leon were driven to try and fight the growing amount of bigotry and hatred towards the cultures of this part of the world. That’s what had drawn them to the country in the first place. Yet they also discovered that filming and travelling in Iran presented its own challenges, causing them to question many of the freedoms they took for granted. This, in many ways, represented the biggest lesson of the journey, and one of the central themes of the story they found in this stunning, misunderstood nation.
In August 2011, James Adair and Ben Stenning hit the news when they became the first ever pair to row across the Indian Ocean without a support boat. But a few miles from the finish line in Mauritius, their boat capsized - and they had to swim for their lives. Far from being extreme athletes, neither had actually ever rowed before in their lives. But four months earlier, determined to prove their doubters wrong, they got their secondhand boat to the start line on the west coast of Australia, and set off. Some adventures are so well planned that nothing is left to chance. But as they lost sight of land, James and Ben took a step into the unknown. When vital equipment broke down, they learned to cope without GPS, and without a reliable source of freshwater. Rowing in shifts, around the clock, solitude took on new dimensions - punctuated with moments of doubt and fear - but also undiluted pleasure. Somehow they managed to row 3,500 miles west, until - agonisingly close to land - disaster struck. And Then We Swam, by Ben Finney, tells their story
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