Saturday Morning

Bonar Hall. 9.30am


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


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We start off with some great Scottish films, including some from local film makers who will be here to introduce their work. After the interval we have a remarkable young climber, Uisdean Hawthorn to tell us about his latest exploits including the recent incredible Skye Cuillin Winter Traverse in a ridiculous record time. Uisdean’s talk is also the annual Irvine Butterfield Lecture, in commemoration of the local author and Munro Society champion.


We still have some films to add to the Saturday morning programme. update 5 September 2018

The Green Kayak Challenge

UK, 2017, 4 minutes – Film maker – Stefan Morrocco

green kayakThis is an inspiring story of a handcrafted 50-year-old kayak. The boat was found in a small town, Alyth in Perthshire, stored since the 1960s in a garage and still in a very good shape for its age.

Piotr Gudan and Jame Wilkinson decided to take it on the biggest adventure yet, down the longest river in Scotland, the River Tay. Piotr and Jane will introduce this charming short film, and they have also brought the kayak along with them, displayed in the downstairs foyer.


This film is presented in association with The Grampian Club


Ramsay’s Round

UK, 2017, 21 minutes. Film makers  – Claire Macleod, Dave Macleod

From the film Ramsays RoundUltra-marathon runner Alicia Hudelson embarks upon one of Scotland’s toughest long distance challenges – Starting at Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, and taking in 24 Scottish mountains (23 Munros including Ben Nevis), 28000 feet of ascent, in 24 hours. The current record holder is Jasmin Paris, in a time of 16 hours 13 minutes. Can this fantastic film inspire you to have a go?



Comfort Zones

UK, 2018, 17 minutes. Film maker –  Stefan Morrocco

From the film Breaking FreeA provocative backcountry ski film exploring our relationship with riskComfort Zones is a sensory journey into the beauty and danger, freedom and focus of our relationship with risk in the Scottish backcountry.  The film follows skiers and boarders in the Eastern Grampians of Scotland over the winter of 2017/18 and explores the risks required to break out of our skiing comfort zones to move out of the fences and into the back country and ultimately into steep skiing

One Off The Bucket List

UK, 2018, 11 Minutes, Film maker –  Murray Wilkie. This screening is a World Premier!

From the film One off the Bucket ListA high camp and sunrise hike to Scotland’s highest mountain. Keeping those bucket list adventures for perfect weather can lead to long waits , especially in Scotland. This year saw some of the best summer weather in years so I headed to Scotland’s highest mountain set about lightening the bucket!

Murray is a well known local film maker, photographer and  vlogger with his Steaming Boots Productions,  and his films just keep on getting better and better. He has also been featured on BBC Radio, STV and Trail Magazine recently and  made a guest appearance on Paul Murton’s Grand Tours of Scotland TV series.

You can ask him about all this yourself, as Murray will be at the festival introducing this amazing film.

Woman Up

UK, 2017, 3 minutes, Film maker – Katrina Brown

From the film Woman Up“Imagine standing on a stage naked under a spotlight”: that’s how Eilidh describes her previous feelings about doing sport in front of others – feelings she has gone to great lengths to deal with, and through which she has discovered her passion and talent for mountain biking. A moving account of one woman’s courageous journey from confirmed ‘non-sporty girl’ to outdoor adventure-lover. We are delighted to have Katrina at Dundee introduce her film

This film won Joint First Prize at the Women’s Adventure Filmmaking Competition, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival in 2017

Katrina Brown of Broon Coo Films is an award winning documentary filmmaker providing fresh perspectives on outdoor adventure, telling undertold stories from the world of sport and exploration, especially those of women. Born in Dundee, and based in Aviemore, she has long been inspired by the mountains on her doorstep and the stories you can live out there.

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.

Irvine Butterfield
Irvine Butterfield

The Dundee Mountain Film Festival is honoured to incorporate the Annual Munro Society Irvine Butterfield Memorial Lecture in its programme. This year. our presenter is Uisdean Hawthorn.

The Munro Society president will give a short tribute to Irvine before the talk, and you can read more about Irvine Butterfield here.



Uisdean Hawthorn – The Cuillin ridge to India and evaluating risk in the mountains  


Uisdean will be talking about how he started climbing, his recent record breaking winter traverse of the Cuilin Ridge, his expedition to the India Himalaya in September 2018. He will also delve into how he makes decisions and evaluates risk in these extreme environments.

Uisdean Hawthorn is a Scottish climber and alpinist best known for his winter climbing and Alpine exploits. He has made numerous first-ascents in Scotland including the first winter ascent of the Giant (on Creag an Dubh Loch, described as “one of the most important winter ascents in Cairngorm climbing history”) and The Messiah (on Beinn Bhan) at a mighty grade X. He has also repeated numerous rare and hard routes.


Uisdean on ridge

Abroad, he has climbed hard New routes in Alaska and India he has repeated other routes including the North Face of Mount Alberta, Hyper Couloir and Divine Providence on Mont Blanc, and the American Direct on the Dru. He enjoys all disciplines of climbing, and running too, but is happiest in the mountains.