Film Festival of the Outdoors, Oban Phoenix Cinema
Film Festival of the Outdoors
FREE SOLO | 12A
From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi (“MERU”) and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin comes National Geographic Documentary Film’s FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock...the 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park…without a rope.
Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge, Honnold enters his story in the annals of human achievement. FREE SOLO is both an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who exceeded our current understanding of human physical and mental potential. The result is a triumph of the human spirit.
BEST OF SHAFF | RATING TBC
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is an annual three-day weekend event bringing together the best of outdoor and adventure filmmaking from all around the world.
Following submissions from over 300 filmmakers from across the globe, the 2018 selection represented the widest range of outdoor sports with dedicated screenings for climbing, running, biking, bike-packing and mountain
sports. This year the festival weekend had over 4,000 visitors. Attracting a diverse range of audiences ranging from sporting professionals to families and more casual fans of the great outdoors, ShAFF is one of the UK’s most
well-known outdoor and adventure festivals and represents an accessible event with strong brand awareness outside of the core specialist outdoor and adventure film market.
For the first time in its 13-year history, the festival is making the leap to the road, touring the UK with the best of 2018 - a 100-minute package of the most exhilarating and
entertaining films to ever screen at the festival!
TIME TRIAL | 18
TIME TRIAL gives us an exhilarating and terrifying place in the race, providing an immersive experience as close to actually competing as you will ever see on film. David Millar, shrouded in darkness, declares an intention to rise again.
A sensory ride through the thrill and hardship of professional cycling. We are hurtled off a hillside, details blurring like watercolours. The euphoria and the fatigue, the highs and the lows. It's as if it were ourselves struggling through the bumpy roads of France. David bluntly and fearlessly narrates his last season in the saddle, intimate and immediate, along with the intricate relationships of cyclist, road crew, fellow competitors, manic fans, and the media circus surrounding it all.
THE DAWN WALL | 15
In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.
The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention.
But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing The Dawn Wall.
Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?
THE ATHLETE (2009) | PG
The inspiring true story of an Olympic champion who is faced with a new challenge provides the basis for this drama from filmmakers Rasselas Lakew and Davey Frankel. Abebe Bikila (Rasselas Lakew) was a world-class distance runner from Ethiopia who became the first African to win a gold medal in the Olympics when he came in first in the Marathon during the 1960 games in Rome -- while running in his bare feet. Bikila then repeated the feat at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, making him the first marathon runner to win the title twice in a row. But Bikila's career as a runner came to an abrupt end in 1969, when he was involved in a severe auto accident that cost him the use of his legs and limited the movement of his arms. However, Bikila was not about to give up competitive athletics, and after months in rehabilitation he took up a new sport -- archery. Despite his challenges, Bikila became a high-ranking amateur in competitive archery and helped to establish international athletic events for the handicapped.
THE YUKON ASSIGNMENT | PG
British adventurer Chris Lucas (34) and his
actor father Niall (64) depend on each other
for survival as they canoe down one of the
most remote rivers in Canada.
The Yukon Assignment is a breathtaking
exploration of one of the Earth’s last
wildernesses and the story of how adventure
can sometimes bring us together, irrespective
The film is suitable for families and
specifically made to inspire curious
adventurers of all ages!