Mountain high! Adrenaline rush on tour

THE thrill of mountain skiing, climbing, hang-gliding and other extreme sports can induce an adrenaline rush in the most sluggish and sofa-bound of us – so the Banff Mountain Film Festival is the perfect answer for the armchair adventurer, and on 25th April it is coming to Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre for the first time.

The celebration of mountain, river and ocean adventure films will also be returning to the Tivoli Theatre at Wimborne on 19th April, and to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on 28th.

The film tour this year will include 100 screenings at more than 50 venues along the way. “It’s fantastic to be back with our biggest tour yet – a reflection of the enormous appetite for adventure that UK and Irish audiences have,” says tour director Nell Teasdale.

The short films, featuring the world’s top adventurers on exciting journeys in mind-blowing destinations, are selected from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival held every year in the Canadian Rockies.

This year’s tour includes 14 films, including everything from high-adrenaline action to poignant environmental documentaries. There is also a significant focus on women in adventure.

Pictured are stills from three of the films, Four Mums in a Boat, photo by Ben Duffy, about the epic ocean expedition of four middle-aged working British mums who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean; Doing It Scared, photo by Matthew Newton, a film of British climber Paul Pritchard who returned to the terrifying Totem Pole in Tasmania, 18 years after a catastrophic accident left him partially paralysed; and Give Me Five, showing a madcap group of French free falling flyers as they try to perform the aerial stunt of a lifetime in the Chamonix valley; photo by Stephan Gautier.