Bonar Hall – 7.00pm
After a quite eclectic mix of films from around the world, but including Scotland, we have a presentation by adventurer and explorer Benedict Allen.
A Nordic Skater
Lithuania, 2018, 5 minutes. Film maker – Paulius Neverbickas – This screening is a UK Premiere!
A Nordic Skater is rare film about nordic skating – a Scandinavian style cross-country ice skating on frozen lakes and fjords. It features a man named Per Sollerman, a photographer who has been skating for the past 10 years. In the film the viewer is transported to the region of Oslo to have a peek at a story of a man who uses every sense he has to travel on thin ice. Per tells the story of how the little known sport of nordic skating came to play a big part in his life. “It is rooted deep in our bones that we need to be out in the nature,” he says.
Iran, 2017, 8 minutes. Film maker – Arman Gholipour Dashtaki
This rather charming film features three mountaineers in quite a dangerous quest for an elixir
Carried Away: A Porter’s Story
UK, 2017, 18 minutes. Film maker – Olly Pemberton
Carried Away is a short film about the lives of the porters on the Inca Trail. To help tell their story, Jarlath McHale (Irish-based adventurer) actually became a porter for the entire trek doing everything that they do carrying everything they would carry. In doing so he became the first non-Peruvian porter to work on the Inca Trail.
The purpose of this adventure film was to showcase the amazing work that porters do, to show that they are so much more than a means to carry a bag – to show off the beauty of the Andes and the Inca Trail, and at the same time show what can be done all in the spirit of adventure!
Director Biography – Olly Pemberton
Sea-kayaking in the Irish sea, snorkelling with 12-metre Basking sharks and exploring purple mountains and lush glens; this was growing up on the Isle of Man. But it wasn’t long before Olly yearned for adventure beyond the craggy borders of his 32 by 14 mile playground. It’s probably the Viking blood but it’s with the cold where he feels most at home, be it driving dogsleds in Arctic Scandinavia or ski touring. Over the years he’s been fortunate to reach and film in some far-flung destinations, especially in 2008, when with two mates and a 1991 1-litre Fiat Panda named Amy, he set off from Douglas to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. 19 countries, 6 break downs and numerous hairy moments later the passion for adventure was burning brighter than ever! Olly is now the videographer for UK based Adventure Travel company Exodus Travels with “Carried Away: A Porter’s Story” his first short film, which has already been nominated for Best Outdoor/Adventure Film of 2017.
Filming this project was a huge honour as I was able to work along side some truly inspirational characters in Jarlath McHale and of course the porters themselves.
In putting together this short film, we uncovered that no porter on the Inca Trail had ever actually seen Machu Picchu (something that is touched on towards the end of the film) as their porter permit does not cover Machu Picchu itself. Myself and the team behind “Carried Away” are extremely proud to officially be the first ever company to take porters to see Machu Picchu and to give a tour of the site in their native Quechuan language to learn about such an important part of their heritage.
Off the back of this film we are really excited to announce that we are now working with our local team to ensure that each and every one of our porters will get to see Machu Picchu whilst working with Exodus Travels.
Canada, 2017, 8 minutes, Film maker Erick Grigorovski
In this animation, Hugo and Felipinho are back on the wall (a remote spire, actually, in the middle of the glaciers) to face all challenges of alpine climbing—frozen and wet rock, poor communication with each other, inner demons talking shit, selfies and the frigid, ever-changing weather. If you can remember, we screened Uruca I in 2010.
Erick Grigorovski is an animator, passionate on telling stories, running long distances, drawing and rock climbing.
He has written and produced five animation films, Terra Incognita (2001), Uruca (2008), Entre Nós (2010), A Temporada (2013) and Gagarin (2017), which sent him around the world, to attend film festivals and to make some strange acceptance speeches.
The Faction Collective Presents: La Grave
Switzerland, 2018, 18 minutes, Film Maker Etienne Mérel
La Grave has an almost holy reputation; awe-inspiring and humbling in equal parts. Narrated by a community of locals who have been pioneering freeriding in La Grave for the past two decades, and who still reside there today, this short ski film follows Sam Anthamatten and Johnny Collinson as they discover what makes this unique ski area so mythic. Among the wild and dangerous terrain, the team discover a place of timeless legend, a place that represents a very special type of freedom.
This film is presented in association with The Dundee Mountain Club
Right to Roam
UK, 2017, 17 minutes. Film makers – David Cleeland, Alex Yoder
Jump in the van with Marie-France Roy and Alex Yoder as they weave their way through Scotland, exploring how personal accountability allows for universal land access and the old farm shelters that support mountain folks to rove freely.
This film has something for everyone with hiking, snowboarding, cycling and bothying.
There will be an interval for 30 minutes. Refreshments are available upstairs and downstairs in the foyers. Don’t miss the trade stands and voluntary organisations in the Ustinov Room (upstairs). There are also art exhibitions downstairs.
Benedict Allen: Ultimate Explorer
Adventurer-explorer Benedict Allen tells the whole unvarnished truth of his most recent adventure – a solo expedition to Papua New Guinea, during which he filmed his journey to visit a community he had befriended thirty years earlier – when he hit the headlines after failing to turn up for a flight to Hong Kong, prompting his friends and family, and eventually the world media, to become concerned for his wellbeing.
Benedict will recall the highs and lows of this awe-inspiring trip, tell exhilarating tales from his life as an explorer and show never-before-seen material from his travels across the globe.
‘Part of history of television’– Mark Thompson, Former Director General, BBC
‘This is a hugely exciting venture for me. I can’t wait to travel the UK and share my experiences of some of the most testing, but also wonderfully inspiring, corners of the globe’ – Benedict Allen