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Film Review // Beyond the Clouds // by Justin Tracey

"I want to challenge myself really physically, something that's 'out there', but not for an ordinary person."

This film charts one of the most uplifting and truly inspirational stories entered for the Women in Mountain Adventure Film Competition.  Sandra Scott is 68 years old.  On retirement she took up running and this film is about her attempt of the Joss Naylor Challenge - an ultra run of almost 48 miles, taking in 30 peaks and 17,000ft of ascent.  Sandra wanted something that would really give her a physical challenge and the film is a real nail biter.

Immediately from the start of the film Sandra presents her doubts with great honesty and discusses the nature of growing older and losing identity upon retirement.  The brilliant and direct discussion that she has on film brings to the fore the way that we treat older people, as a society.  It is interspersed with visuals of her on her journey through the 24 hours, showing the number of peaks being ticked off along the way with very rough terrain, walking and running late into the night.

Although the sound and film quality could both have been significantly improved with the help of more professional equipment and perhaps some pre-planning this doesn't detract from the superb storyline - it had me completely hooked from the word go and willing Sandra on to achieve her goal.  Enjoy the film.

Beyond the Clouds

We hope to run the Women in Mountain Adventure film competition again, so please sign up to our newsletter if you have been inspired and we will notify you when the competition opens again.  In the meantime, get filming.

By Emily Pitts

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