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Film Review // Dawn Wall

Located in Yosemite National Park , a towering granite monolith looms up, magnificent and terrifying. This is El Capitan, an absolute haven for some of the best climbers in the world, with a sheer rock face that seems almost unconquerable. The ‘Dawn Wall’ is a particular...

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Women in Adventure Film Competition 2019 Launched

The fifth Women in Adventure Film Competition with the BMC is officially launched. The BMC and Womenclimb launched the competition at this year's Women's Trad Festival in the Peak District, in the company of 180 climbers from all around the UK. The competition is designed to...

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Women in Adventure on Film

More women on film!  That's what we're aiming for in the work we've done over three years with the BMC, running the Women in Adventure Film Competition. This year's shortlisted films have been announced and the great news is that you can go and watch every...

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Reel Rock 11
Reel Rock 11 // Review

If last year’s Reel Rock production was criticised for not having enough female representation, this year there was no danger of that. The tour opens with a film about the next generation of young climbers, entitled Young Guns, featuring 15-year old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year old Kai Lightner.

#FridayFilm // Metallica

Weekly film entertainment, this week featuring the incredible Aleksandra ‘Ola’ Taistra, as she takes a step away from her usual sport climbing, on a mountain trip into the Polish Tatra range, bringing a new perspective to her climbing.

Ola Taistra FFA First Female Ascent Metallica Tatra

Ola on ‘Metallica’ in the Polish Tatra Mountains

#FridayFilm // Bolder

Our regular weekly film recommendation, this week featuring Katie Mundy, as she talks about how to get back into climbing after having a baby.
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Climbing after pregnancy is different for everyone.  See what Katie, owner of Eden Rock bouldering wall in Carlisle, tells us about her experience.  

#FridayFilm // Project Ellie

Each week we feature a film to inspire, excite and motivate you to go on an adventure.

Ellie running across gorse in the hills, with a thin layer of snow on the ground.  She is carrying a rucksack and wearing a hat and buff.

Ellie Johnstone out running in the hills in winter

They films are free to watch.  Some feature climbing, while others will showcase other great sports.  If you want to find more films, just click on the ‘Reviews’ tab and scroll down to ‘Film’, where you will find even more awesome films to enjoy.

Operation Moffat // Film Review

By Emily Thompson // I’ve been hiking up mountains most of my life and as such have a passion for reading and seeing films about other people’s adventures and achievements. Unfortunately these are frequently dominated by men, most of whom are household names and well sponsored, enabling them to carve out careers in mountaineering and climbing.

Film Review // First Ascent // Katrina Brown

This is a charming film about someone going out for a walk topped of with a little scramble.  What’s really lovely is that the protagonist is only about 2 years old, yet still she manages to get kitted out and prepared all on her own, using a map to walk up a hill and experience the outdoors.

Film Review // Climb Like a Girl // Nicole MacGregor

“That’s a good question.  It doesn’t really matter does it, as long as you enjoy climbing?”

The expression of doing something ‘like a girl’ has become a familiar insult in the UK, usually words spoken by boys and men as a way of belittling each other or others.  This film, by Nicole MacGregor, seeks to challenge and explore what people actually think it means to ‘climb like a girl’.

Film Review // Barre des Ecrins // Laura Simpson

This clearly hand-made film by Laura Simpson gives the viewer a quick glimpse into the higher world of the Ecrins Massif in the Dauphiné Alps in France.  Standing at 4102 metres the Barre des Écrins is the highest point  of the Écrins Massif and is one of the classic 4000ers – peaks over 4000m.

With a couple of soundtracks, fairly low quality sound and wobbly camera shots, the film isn’t a cinematic first in any way, but what the film offers is the first hand experience of a woman mountaineering with two friends at altitude.  It’s about someone putting themselves out there to show that women do mountaineer and showing what you get when you go out into the higher European mountains.

Film Review // Looking Up // Cara Howard

I don’t think I really consider myself disabled I’m just ‘me with removable parts’.

Selling itself as ‘The highs and lows for female paraclimbers’ this charming short documentary features some of the best female paraclimbers in the UK.  Think Sianagh Gallagher and Fran Brown, as well as Esme Hart and Alex Taylor.  Each of these inspiring women brings something different to the story.

Film Review // A Story to be Told // Emma Whittaker & Silver Sloth Productions

A Story to be Told is a short bio of Rachel Simpson, an inspiring woman who overcame the physical limitations of the condition hyper mobility to become an avid mountain biker. Her reflections on coming late to the sport and going through the pains of her condition are interesting and will provide anyone with a long term condition affecting their mobility hope that all is not lost and that it’s possible overcome physical challenges through persistence and determination.

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.

Film Review // From the Heart // by Ellie West

“Let nothing prevent you living that dream”

Alison O’Neill is a shepherdess like no other and this short film charts her thoughts and contemplations on life in the hills, being a woman and the inspiration that the landscape brings to her.  The visual imagery is stunning and her voiceover throughout the film takes us on the journey of her upbringing to her story of bringing up her daughter on her own as a shepherdess on a farm in the stunning Lake District.  

Film Review // Blue Hue // Natasha Brooks

Winner of our Women in Mountain Adventure film competition 2015 with the BMC, ShAFF and Sport is Beautiful this film is truly stunning. Charting Natasha Brooks’ exploration of wild swimming in the UK it is a visually arresting testament to what one woman can do with inspiration, an idea and the confidence to follow a concept in spite of what others might have to say about it.  The film features Natasha, as well as being self-shot & edited by Natasha, who is an artist based in Snowdonia.  It is accompanied by a stunning soundscape which captures the mood of the film perfectly.

Film Review // Aleksandra Taistra in Oliana // by Zofia Reych

Aleksandra ‘Ola’ Taistra is an incredibly well respected and accomplished sport climber from Poland.  This film is a short film about her climbing in Oliana and her climbing ambitions.

The film has some really nice shots, which work together to create a film that flows well.  Production quality is good – it’s all about the climbing, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.  A woman’s physiology is different to a man’s, so it’s important for women to be able to see other women climbing, to be able to learn and develop.  It’s a good showcase of what training and commitment can help you to achieve in climbing.

Film Review // 14 UK Summits 2014 // by Megan Loats

This short film charts Megan as she walks 14 summits in 2014.  What I really like about the film is its honesty in showing someone doing a challenge with friends and family, enjoying the outdoors without the need for fancy gear or specialist equipment.  The changing British weather is perfectly captured as Meg counts up on her fingers each summit as she reaches the top.  The film really encompasses lots that you might encounter on a hill walk in the uk – bad weather, poor visibility, scrambling, steep descents, lunch soon a rock in the wind.  What I like most is the smile on everyone’s face – they look like genuine smiles of people who are enjoying what they’re doing.

Film Review // 3 | 6 | 5 // by Emma Whittaker

This incredibly short short film, weighing in at only 1min 46 seconds, is perfect evidence that a film doesn’t need to be hours long to inspire and engage.  The film reframes a year into seconds, minutes and hours to encourage reflection on what we actually do with that time, and what we could do if we took advantage of our time to do something out of the ordinary.

Film Review // Scaling the Whale // Shyla Lee

It’s tempting to think that only extraordinary athletes or ‘other people’ can get out into the mountains and enjoy what the hills have to offer.  This gentle, but inspiring short film documents a professional woman, over 30, using the hills as release from the pressures in everyday life, with work and other distractions placing increasing demands on us.  Shot very simply and taking the pace down a notch, and then some, the film’s pathos provides a great reminder of how entwined we are with busyness.

Film Review // Fran // by Jen Crook

An insightful short film, which looks into the life of Fran Brown, powerful athlete and world paraclimbing champion.  The film focusses on how Fran went from being in a wheelchair through a spinal cord injury to becoming a climbing world champion, through to her aspirations for the future.  What is interesting is the voice over of Fran talking about what doesn’t work in her body, alongside visuals of the body she has trained into doing things that you wouldn’t imagine someone with in a wheelchair could do.  It turns around your beliefs and gives a sense of the possiblities, in climbing and in life.  The film is incredibly understated – calm and reflective in manner – it’s an incredibly powerful piece of filmmaking.

LLAMFF // Llanberis Film Festival // Film Screening

LLAMFF logoJoin us for a free film screening event at The Heights hotel in Llanberis on the weekend of International Women’s Day to watch a set of 14 beautiful short films featuring women doing adventurous things around the UK and beyond.  From walking to climbing and wild swimming to mountain biking, you’ll definitely get your fix of inspiration and adrenaline from these films – the entries to the BMC Women in Mountain Adventure Film Competition 2015.

KMF 2013 // Spice Girl // Hazel Findlay

Cimbing runner1Four StarsThe Verdict: This film is most definitely worth 25 minutes’ of your life.

Prior to seeing this film the Kendal Mountain Festival was somewhat littered with macho precedents, so this was a beautiful break. There was no better introduction for me to one of the most self-effacing and talented trad grit climbers in the UK.  

KMF 2013 // Petit Bus Rouge

If you're an adrenaline junkie or an adventure queen, then this is for you…. a phantasmagorical journey with the most outrageous circus performers, clowns, climbers and jumpers you've ever set eyes on.  Gripping from the first second, it's a sensational journey with a group of...

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Film Review // Push It // Jen Randall

“Push it” by Jen Randall. 34 mins, Lightshed productions. This is a short film about Jen’s dream of climbing El Cap in Yosemite. It is very much a film that makes you feel good about women climbing and has a definite “girl power” feel to it. Featuring among...

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