Saturday Evening

Bonar Hall -30th November – 7.00pm – £15


This session brought to you in association with Tiso  ,The Blairgowrie & District Hillwalking Club, and  The Grampian Club. After an eclectic mix of films from around the world,  we have a presentation by  award winning film maker, Keith Partridge


The After Work Adventure

UK 2018, 3 minutes. Film makers James Cave and Alistair Cave

People live for the weekend. They grind away at computers, answer phones and long for Friday night. So I asked, why wait for the weekend when there’s so much that can be done after work? There’s 16 hours between 5pm and 9am, a perfect window to leave behind the buzz of the modern world and re-connect with what’s important. And, especially living in Scotland…  We live in a fast-paced and complex society, so it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. However, I believe we can bring more purpose and value to our day-to-day lives by populating each day with things to look forward to, spending more time in the outdoors, and socialising with others without the distraction of “social” media. And that’s why I believe so passionately in the “After Work Adventure”, however big or small it may be and wherever you may live.  The film was created using a basic iPad and it was designed to make people laugh. In many ways, this mirrors my idea that adventure should be easily accessible to all and, most importantly, good fun!

The Ant and The Whale

UK 2018, 8 minutes. Directed by Dom Bush

Based on a conversation between Dom Bush and Ian Almond about mountains and identity. Filmed in Torridon on Fionn Buttress and An Teallach. Having committed his time to climbing, Ian Almond looks back on the sacrifices and achievements of a life spent in the mountains, and what happens when that privilege is taken away.



A film by Land and Sky.
Directed by Dom Bush
Edited by Simon Sylvester.
Words from Ian Almond.
Original music from Mike Fearon.
Exped support from Shieldaig Adventures.


This film is brought to you in association with

The Blairgowrie & District Hillwalking Club




UK 2018, 11 minutes Producer – Emma Crome, Director Coldhouse Collective

In May 2018, three British climbers Malcolm Bass, Paul Figg and Guy Buckingham set out to attempt the first ascent of Janhukot, a mountain buried deep in the heart of the Indian Garwhal Himalaya. Janhukot (6805m) has seen attempts as far back as the 1980s, and is surrounded by some of the jewels of Himalayan summits – Shivling, Meru, Kedar Dome. The film follows the climbers throughout their expedition, as they document their experiences and give an insight into the emotional and physical challenges they encounter throughout their journey.

Sherpas Speak

UK 2019 30 minutes. Director – Richard Else  World Premiere

Phortse is famous. More than sixty climbers from here have summited Everest – more than any other community. Sadly eleven have not come home. But there is much more to my village than that. In this groundbreaking documentary Sherpa people talk for the first time about the challenges facing them and their traditional way of life as an endangered ethnic group. Filmed during the winter – when indoor temperatures drop to as low as minus 25°C – the people of this most traditional of villages argue that limited employment opportunities force them to become high altitude porters. Whilst the money is good, an accident or fatality can leave their families facing immense hardship. 94 year old Tshering Lhamu is the village’s oldest inhabitant. She still follows a centuries old lifestyle, but many families are seeking better opportunities in Kathmandu. This film is a moving portrait of a people facing an uncertain future.

This film is facilitated by multi-award winning filmmakers Richard Else & Margaret Wicks and James Lamb from the Little Sherpa Foundation. Original Soundtrack by Dougie & Jamie MacLean. Recorded at Butterstone Studios, Scotland. The film will be introduced by Richard Else and James Lamb, and we are delighted to have Tashi Lama, who features in the film, at the festival. Come and have a chat with him at the Little Sherpa Foundation stall in the Ustinov Room.

Dundee Courier – 16th November 2019 – Great Article about the Film Sherpas Speak


This film is brought to you in association with The Grampian Club.



Now or Never

Austria. 2018. 21 minutes. Directors Simon Platzer, Jakob Schweighofer

Following the slogan “Now or Never”, Nadine Wallner, the two-time Freeride World Champion from Arlberg takes us on a journey through her life – impish, amusing, progressive. Growing up in the “cradle of alpine skiing” she early started exploring her own limits: skipping school on Blue Bird days, driving policemen crazy – all for the powder. Her passion for “white splendor” is still burning. Back in the days it was the busy contest lines what excited Nadine, today it is the untouched cliffs of Arlberg, far away from spotlight – and more than that: new opportunities are being opened up in her home mountains.


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.

Keith Partridge – The Adventure Game – Filming at The Ends of The Earth

In a career spanning over 30 years and close to 70 films, Keith Partridge has been capturing the essence of ‘in-your-face’ adventure that continues to push the limits of television, cinema and media production in the world’s harshest environments; from the summit of Everest and the South Pole to unchartered cave systems deep in Papua New Guinea, the world’s most iconic mountain faces and first ascents of mountains and cliffs in the ‘Lost World’ of Venezuela, Oman and Greenland.



He has received an ‘International EMMY for cinematography’ for his work on the BBC’s flagship series ‘The Human Planet’, the Guild of Television Camera Professional’s ‘Award for Excellence’ for the filming of exploratory expedition in the heart of Venezuela and the International Explorers Festival ‘Camera Extreme Award’ for his work on the BAFTA Best British Film ‘Touching the Void’.  Other productions in which he’s been involved have won dozens of international film awards. In 2019 he was awarded the ‘Grand Prize’ for his contribution to mountain filmmaking from the International Alliance of Mountain Film (representing all the major mountain and adventure film festivals around the world).


In May 2012, Partridge reached the summit of Mount Everest filming inspirational media content for Samsung alongside mountaineer Kenton Cool. Together they fulfilled 90 years of Everest history and 88 years of Olympic history by delivering a 1924 Gold medal to the summit in the run up to the London 2012 games. His cross-genre work has taken him to all seven continents and has been shown on the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Channel 4, C5, ITV, Pathe Films, and 20th Century Fox. He has lectured on filmmaking to the Royal Television Society, HFF in Berlin, ZeLig Documentary Film School in Italy, BAFTA, International Conferences, and the Royal Geographical Society.


In a training capacity, he has tutored at the BBC’s National Training Centre and is a Professor of Practice (Film and Media) with the University of Cumbria in the UK. Keith is faculty with the Adventure Filmmakers Workshop and the Adventure Filmmakers Masterclass at Banff Centre for Arts and creativity in Canada. Written articles have appeared in many of the UK’s climbing and outdoor magazines and his international award-winning book ‘The Adventure Game’, charting his experiences in filming at the ends of the earth was published in June 2015 and won the Jury Award at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

As Director, ‘Bonington : Mountaineer’, his recent multi-award winning feature documentary, has screened in festivals across the world.

Photographs © Keith Partridge