The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is bringing one night of epic adventure films to the Amey Theatre, Abingdon on 5 November.
From trail running in Tajikistan to mountaineering on the world’s highest mountains and more, enjoy short, adrenaline-fuelled films made by top adventure film-makers as well as wild journeys and ground-breaking expeditions.
Audiences can expect captivating cinematography from little-known corners of the globe with extreme expeditions, fearless characters and astounding cinematography from the wildest corners of the planet.
“We can’t wait to get these epic adventure films back where they belong – up on the big screen!” says tour director Nell Teasdale.
“With mind-blowing stories of human endeavour from rarely-seen parts of the world, Banff events have a thrilling atmosphere – and we guarantee audiences will leave inspired to have an adventure of their own.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming audiences back into theatres to celebrate the spirit of adventure and the great outdoors through these award-winning films,” adds Nell.
Film highlights include:
THE GHOSTS ABOVE – It’s one of the greatest mysteries in exploration: who made the first ascent of Everest? National Geographic photographer Renan Ozturk joins an expedition up the mountain on a quest to find out. Turning stereotypes on end, The Ghosts Above also reflects on commercialisation of this sacred peak, the relationship between Sherpas and expeditioners, and the rigors of climbing in the death zone. A visually stunning film that’s raw, poetic and powerful.
OCEAN TO ASGARD – Four friends (three Canadians and a rogue Brit) travel to Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle on a human-powered adventure, featuring big wall first ascents, white-water paddle descents and a surprising number of Arctic flamingos. The 40-day expedition sees the team pioneer a new climb on the legendary Mount Asgard, capsize packrafts in glacial waters and more, in a true grassroots expedition.
THE LONG TODAY – Not many people celebrate turning 70 with a remote river trip, but after some gentle persuading from his sons, Jamie Thompson and his family embark on an expedition deep into the Canadian wilderness. Navigating a notorious river in an antique wooden canoe, the Thompsons tackle technical rapids and extreme portages – and the journey reminds them of the importance of living in the moment, and of the bonds formed in the great outdoors.
THE CHAIRLIFT – The humble chairlift is often over-looked, but it could be the single greatest invention in the history of modern skiing. A celebration of the under-appreciated device that brings skiers together, The Chairlift shares stories of connections forged while passing the time back to the top of the slopes. An ode to the creation that enabled a sport and acts as a central pillar of ski culture.
MY LAST DAY OF SUMMER – It’s the last day of summer and Julia is at the local bike shop hoping that her bike can be fixed. While checking out the flashy displays of new bikes and shiny components, a comic book catches her eye and she finds herself on a ride like no other. A dynamic and fresh vision of riding and the freedom it brings to an amazing young rider.
NATURAL MYSTIC – Jump aboard for three minutes of thundering skiing with Sam Favret through the Aiguilles Rouges of Chamonix. With no gimmicks, tricks or music, the sound of the elements immerses you into the tracks of this legendary local Chamonix rider. Big mountain skiing at its finest.
For more information and to book tickets, see www.banff-uk.com