Another enjoyable evening at the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne – this time for the Banff Film Festival Blue Programme and again introduced by Rosie (not me, a smartly dressed lady!). The films were on various subjects, varying in length from a few minutes to over half an hour.
My personal favourite was ‘Dug Out‘ – FILMMAKER: Benjamin Sadd, DURATION: 42 minutes
Mankind has been using dugout canoes for over 8,000 years. But this doesn’t mean that building one from scratch is easy, as film-maker Benjamin Sadd and artist James Trundle, both from the south of England, discover on a journey to the Ecuadorian Amazon, where they live with an indigenous community, learn how to build a canoe and then take it on a journey down the river. What could go wrong? ( Co-incidentally one of the guys lives locally and his mum and dad were in the audience)
The other films were:
2.5 Million – FILMMAKER: Tyler Wilkinson-Ray, DURATION: 22 minutes
American skier Aaron Rice sets out to ski 2.5 million human-powered vertical feet in the backcountry in a calendar year. If he succeeds, it will be a new world-record for this self-confessed ski bum.
Ace – FILMMAKER: Brendan Leonard, DURATION: 9 minutes
For his 60th birthday, adventure photographer Ace Kvale and his dog, Genghis Khan, set out on a 60-day trek in Utah’s canyon country. This film celebrates the special bond between the pair, and shows the beauty of canine friendships (With dogs in the family, I can relate to that!)
Johanna – FILMMAKER: Ian Derry, DURATION: 4 minutes
Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-metre dive under ice, but she only discovered the sport during recovery from a biking accident. For Johanna, diving under the ice provides a surreal, calming environment – although it can be unsettling to watch. “What she does is so close to the edge, but she does it in such a comfortable way,” says the filmmaker Ian Derry.
Pedal – FILMMAKER: Scott Hardesty, DURATION: 8 minutes
Coming from the Netherlands, Hera van Willick grew up on a bicycle, and cycling across continents, solo and self-supported, has become her way of life. Forty-three countries down, via deserts, mountains, rainforest and the Arctic, this is her story so far…
Safety Third – FILMMAKER: Cedar Wright & Taylor Keating, DURATION: 28 minutes
For most climbers, it’s safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fuelled by day-old doughnuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits in his backyard playground of Eldorado Canyon, Colorado. Having survived a few big scares, Brad is determined to make his boldest ascent yet – a first-ever free solo of one of Eldo’s most exposed and difficult routes. Personally I found this one the hardest to watch. His climbs were amazing but without ropes, wow! I was on the edge of my seat and rather uncomfortable it was too!
Surf the Line – FILMMAKERS: Hello Emotion, DURATION: 2 minutes – a rather whacky one this:
The Flying Frenchies are a group of multi-talented friends who like BASE-jumping and mountaineering, but who are also clowns, acrobats and musicians. Their latest film sees them playing in the Vercors mountain range, where they slice through the air on a 600m-high highline, reaching speeds of up to 75kph zipline-style, before using their BASE-jumping skills to dismount.
Where the Wild Things Play – FILMMAKERS: Krystle Wright, DURATION: 4 minutes
There’s ongoing discussion about why there aren’t more females in adventure films. Featuring four minutes of gnarly wingsuit flying, whitewater kayaking, climbing and big mountain skiing, Where the Wild Things Play suggests that perhaps women are just too busy having fun in the backcountry. An inspirational and funny response to a question we need to keep asking.
Why – FILMMAKERS: Hugo Clouzeau, DURATION: 7 minutes – Having trekked in Iceland last year for the MND Association and seen the powerful rivers and waterfalls, this seemed rather extreme too!
Iceland. A cold, rugged and forbidding landscape where powerful rivers plunge through bedrock gorges, over massive waterfalls towards the sea. A crew of French kayakers travel here to ask the question we have all asked ourselves in the outdoors at some point: “Why? Why do we do this?”.
I am soooo the opposite of these people but the films are a fascinating insight in to what drives some people, some are just plain nuts (!) and the photography and landscapes are amazing.
When the Banff Film Festival comes round next year I would highly recommend it.
Also the Ocean Film Festival will be coming to a theatre near you September/October and is well worth a look. (I will be on my USA adventure when it’s at the Tivoli)