Adventures on the edge

MOUNTAIN lovers, thrill-seekers and armchair adventurers can all sit back in the comfort of a local cinema or arts centre and enjoy this year’s programmes from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The next date in the FTR  area is at Swindon Wyvern Theatre on 19th February.

The 2020 tour includes a new selection of gripping action and adventure films. There are two collections from the world’s best adventure film-makers, with super-human challenges, soulful journeys and spectacular cinematography from the wildest corners of the planet.

The tour also includes the film Up to Speed, which puts a spotlight on the extraordinary discipline of speed climbing, featuring in the Olympic Games for the first time at Tokyo 2020.

UK and Ireland tour director Nell Teasdale says: “As well as exhilarating stories starring intrepid characters and pioneering journeys, an evening at Banff is a celebration of the great outdoors, with a vibrant atmosphere and a real sense of community. And we guarantee audiences will leave inspired to have an adventure of their own!”

The films are chosen from hundreds of entries into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which is held every November in the Canadian Rockies.

The films include:

A Nordic Skater – Nordic skating is the art of long-distance skating on natural ice and, on the frozen fjords and lakes of Norway, A former action sports fan, Per Sollerman now uses all of his senses to journey safely over the ice and feel part of the landscape. An enticing portrayal of this little-known sport.

The Running Pastor – As a shepherd’s son, Sverri Steinholm grew up chasing sheep around the dramatic, otherworldly Faroe Islands. Today he is a pastor of the Lutheran Church, the dominant religion on the islands. He is also a compulsive runner, finding solace and spiritual refuge from personal conflicts and the burdens of priesthood on rugged, exposed trails of his homeland.

Home – Oxfordshire adventurer Sarah Outen embarks on a four-year, human-powered traverse of the globe, travelling by bike, kayak and rowing boat across Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and finally the Atlantic. The punishing elements, months of solitude and storms push Sarah to the mental and physical brink, and Home intimately and unflinchingly captures her 20,000-mile odyssey.

The High Road – Nina Williams is drawn to climbing the most beautiful lines… which also happen to be the tallest. Nina specialises in highball bouldering – climbing tall boulders of extreme difficulty, without a rope – which combines the physicality of bouldering with the mental discipline of free soloing..

The Ladakh Project – French athlete Nouria Newman tackles a 375km solo kayaking expedition down the most remote and daunting rivers in the Indian Himalaya. With some hair-raising moments, Nouria is forced to push herself to the edge of her limits.

Catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival at the following cinemas and arts centres around our region:
Swindon Wyvern Theatre on 19th February, Bath Komedia on 4th-5th March, Christchurch Regent Centre on 6th-7th March, Exeter Corn Exchange  on 25th and 26th March, Salisbury City Hall on 26th March, Poole Lighthouse on 27th March,  Wimborne Tivoli on 28th March and 28th April and Bristol Victoria Rooms from 1st to 4th April.

Pictures:   A Nordic Skater, The High Road, The Long River Home, and Home.