Killarney Mountain Festival Film screenings will showcase short and feature films, along with award winning exceptional adventure documentaries. The Killarney Mountain Festival goes far beyond the film medium, by bringing together a stimulating array of exciting screenings, by a host of extreme athletes, explorers, adventurers and adrenaline junkies, to display a true celebration of the wild adventurous spirit.
FRIDAY 8th MARCH 2019
FRIDAY NIGHT IS BRIT ROCK NIGHT
Friday Night March 8th 2019 at KILLARNEY MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL!!!
The ever exciting and hugely inspiring BRIT ROCK FILM TOUR will kick off Killarney Mountain Festival 2019 with its strongest line up to date!!!
BRIT ROCK has all the very best cool new climbing films featuring some of the very best climbers. Leading filmmaker and founder of the Brit Rock Tour Alastair Lee is collaborating with the best of the UK’s adventure filmmakers as well as his own new productions resulting in this stunning new line up of compelling stories from the vertical world.
Café Du Parc, Killarney Plaza Hotel, 6.30pm.
This is guaranteed to be a cracker of an evening showcasing the BEST and most adrenaline filled climbing films of the year…
BRIT ROCK NIGHT at Killarney Mountain Festival 2019 is kindly sponsored by KerryClimbing
20 mins, Directors – Rob Johnson/Alastair Lee
A maverick bunch of Brits go big wall hunting in Brazil. Lead by pioneering legend Mike ‘Twid’ Turner accompanied by Steve Long who invite some youth on the trip in the form of the super strong James Taylor and Angus Kille (just climbed Indian Face!). The team head for the giant monolith of Pedra Baiana dreaming of a new line on perfect rock. From the outset the plan begins to unravel with fuel blockages, wasp attacks, a shortage of equipment and time all pinning back progress in this spectacular, insightful and charming film.
15mins, Dir Alastair Lee.
In an era where searching out and developing new routes seems out of vogue: all is not lost as we meet Anna Taylor. This remarkable Lakes-based 20-year-old is bucking all the tends with stunning new sport routes and bold traditional lines. Including a nervy introduction to Deep Water Soloing by climbing partner Neil Gresham, the film follows all the challenges and difficulties with Anna as we follow her pioneering journey to confront one of the UK’s great unclimbed lines.
5mins, Director – Alastair Lee
The ultra-pragmatic Tim Howell is a specialist in climbing cliffs and jumping from the top of them, commonly known as ‘climb to base’. This short film introduces us to Tim’s way of life and his long-term goal of being the first to climb and jump all six of the classic alpine north faces. This epic concept will surely test even Tim’s steely nerves and seemingly inexhaustible energy.
Whiz Kid: Rainshadow
20 min, Director – Paul Diffley
In 2016 at the age of just 17, William Bosi became the youngest Brit to climb the ultimate magic grade: 9a. Whiz Kid: follows William’s journey to climb Steve McClure’s Malham test piece, Rainshadow. Documented in an observational style the film gently reveals what it takes to climb at this level.
7 mins, Director – Paul Diffley
Hazel Findlay enjoys an epic day of mountain running and solo climbing in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Stunning shots combine with a considered soundtrack underpinned by a subtle environmental message.
20 mins, Director Alastair Lee
The film follows Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne as they attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story… that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries. Once the free climbing begins disaster strikes, Alan takes a bad fall shattering his lower right leg, an epic ordeal unfolds to get Alan from the remote big wall to safety. From here the mood changes, Robbie and Calum are left with some big questions and bigger fears as they must decide whether to continue with their push or give in to their emotions as they learn the hardest way possible what it takes to open a Big Wall on one of the sheerest vertical faces in Africa.
10min, Director – Chris Prescott
Dave MacLeod has spent the past 25 years putting up cutting edge routes all over the world but most frequently on his native Scottish rock. ‘Undiscovered’ explores the passion for pioneering first ascents and examines the effort that goes into developing new routes as Dave unearths more jewels on the crags that seemingly just keep on giving.
SATURDAY 9th FILM SCREENINGS
WOMENS ADVENTURE FILM TOUR
Saturday 9.30am St. Mary’s Church of the Sloes
Women’s Adventure Film Tour features some of the world’s most inspiring women in adventure. This festival is a celebration of the fantastic women around us who are doing extraordinary things and is to be enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages.
In a global first the Women’s Adventure Film Tour was launched to a sell-out crowd in Sydney in May 2017 and has grown to become a success throughout Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom. We are very pleased to be bringing the tour back to Australia for a second season.
Being adventurous doesn’t always have to mean being the fastest, going the highest or doing the most extreme things. Adventure for the most of us is stepping outside our comfort zone and climbing our own personal Everest.
For this season, we have a unique selection of films that have been carefully chosen to show awesome women achieving their adventurous goals. The films showcase real stories about women from a variety of cultures and sports.
The Women’s Adventure Film Tour is presented in partnership with She Went Wild – a hub that celebrates the accomplishments of women in adventure. Through digital content and events She Went Wild aims to inspire and empower women to get into the outdoors and live an adventurous and healthy life.
The tour is also sponsored by Osprey Europe, Lonely Planet and Exodus Travel.
90 Seconds of Fear Running Time: 1 min
Director: Stian Smestad
Starring: Hayley Ashburn
Before walking a 52 meter highline at 2800 altitude in midst winter, Hayley was asked about fear. She replied with her favorite quote from Frank Herbert’s “Dune”. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.” That’s the mantra of American, Hayley Ashburn, as she walks a 170-foot highline between outcroppings in the wintry Dolomites.
Hayley Ashburn currently lives in-between Moab Utah, and Yosemite Valley. She is an established highliner, climber, rigger, and is beginning to learn the ways of skydiving and BASE jumping. She travels the world year round helping push the sports she loves, voicing her opinions on ethics and the future of our sports, and the focus of including and inspiring women in outdoor sports.
The film was an official selection at Mountainfilm 2018.
Powder Running Time: 13 min Director: Erik Bulckens
Starring: Mona Seraji, Amber Arazny and Michaela Davis-Meehan
Endless powder fields and a magnitude of potential lines aren’t immediately what you may think of when talking about Iran.
This film tells the story of Iranian pro snowboarder Mona Seraji who invites two fellow snowboarders from Australia, Amber Arazny and Michaela Davis-Meehan, to come discover the wonderful mountains of Iran.
Mountainfilm says, “One of the unique delights of this endearing short film, in addition to glimpses of a country and culture we hear so little about (and rarely anything positive), is that fretted lutes, ancient Persian percussions and haunting Farsi vocals perfectly counterweight the very modern, very cool, hip-hop segments of the musical score.”
The film was an official selection at Mountainfilm 2018, Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival 2018 and Freeride Film Festival 2018.
Running Time: 4 minutes 58 seconds Director: Coldhouse Collective
Staring: Libby Peter
The elements of both nature and nurture are considered in “Devotion” as one of the UK’s most respected climbers Libby Peter reflects on how – quite unintentionally – climbing has shaped her life, from early experiences as a child through to becoming a British Mountain Guide and a mother.
Running Time: 25 minutes 41 seconds Director: Francesca Weikert
Staring: Usha Khanal, Nishma Shrestha, Roja KC, Francesca Weikert, Julie Cornelius, Shonny Vanlandingham, Lindsey Richter, Hanna Sjodin
Moksha is a film that follows three Nepali women who have dedicated themselves to spreading the joy that mountain biking can give to women across the Himalayas. Follow these young women as they compete in mountain bike races across the Asian continent, claim titles as the first female MBLA certified mountain bike guides in Nepal, and most importantly witness the impact these women leave as role models for other Nepali women and girls. This authentic and moving film shows their balance of adventure with cultural and family obligations while pushing for a much more gender and socially equitable society in their home country.
Why Not Now: Vivian Stancil
Running Time: 3 min
Director: Riley Hooper
Starring: Vivian Stancil
Blind and afraid of water, Vivian Stancil learned to swim at 48. “I heard that blind people can’t swim,” Stancil says, followed by: “Oh, yes they can!” Two hundred and twenty-one medals later, at half her former body weight, Stencil is still at it.
When Vivian Stancil was 49 years old, her doctor told her that she needed to immediately improve her health. Despite being afraid of the water—she’s legally blind and had never been in.
In Perpetual Motion Running
Time: 4 min
Director: Krystle Wright
Starring: Krystle Wright
Krystle Wright is an adventure sports photographer from Queensland, Australia, although she now lives a semi-nomadic lifestyle in her quest to capture and present unique moments from extreme sports, expeditions and adventures across the globe. Whether she’s camping on a frozen fjord for a month in the Arctic with 23 BASE jumpers, paragliding in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan or sleeping on the back of a yacht on the Great Barrier Reef, Krystle strives to pursue fresh challenges, to seek out undiscovered layers and dimensions in her work, and is recognised for her creativity, composition, and an indomitable spirit in the face of adversity.
Discovering Adventure Running
Time: 11 min
Director: Timothy Green
Starring: Isabelle Green
We are never too young to adventure and this special tour edit of the film Discovering Adventure, documents 5-year old, Isabelle Green’s, greatest adventure yet: traveling with her family to Norway to SKY CAMP in the winter snow, paragliding over barren mountain ranges and driving dog sled teams.
In her parents’, Tim & Maile’s, capable hands along with a scant but seasoned crew of sailors, navigators and explorers, she is immersed in a series of breathtaking experiences in the wintry north.
The film is an insight into the joyous experience of discovering adventure as a youth and has not been featured previously in film festivals.
Threads from Mongolia
Running Time: 13 mins
Director: Jennifer Randall
Starring: Women on A Mission Singapore
Mongolia is a special project that has been completed for the Women’s Adventure Film Tour. The film is the story of 13 women travelling across Mongolia in aid of women survivors of war.
The film features the team from Women on a Mission Singapore who we assisted to produce the film after meeting at our screening of Women’s Adventure Film Tour in Singapore earlier this year. It is in the final stages of production with the support from She Went Wild and Adventure Film Tours.
The film has not been featured previously in film festivals.
Finding the Line
Running time: 16 min
Director: Bjarne Sahlen
Starring: Anna Segal, Lorraine Huber, Greg Hill, Giulia Monego, Morgan Salen
A film about fear, it’s paralysing grip on humans and how it affects our decision-making. In this documentary film, Olympian and X Games Slopestyle champion Anna Segal and her Freeride World Tour, big mountain skiing sister, Nat Segal, use their skiing to understand fear and how it manifests in the two siblings’ lives.
Three Women & Three Old Men
Running Time: 10 min
Director: Arianna Marsilio
Starring: Vicki Mayes, Natalie Feather & Jennifer Rogers
‘Three women and the three old men’ is a story of three women’s journey to climb three of Scotland’s remote sea stacks in just three days to raise money for a local charity who provide opportunities for disadvantaged youths in climbing.
This film showcases exactly what the Women’s Adventure Film Tour is all about – real people, enjoying real adventure.
It was Winner of the Best Film award at the BMC Women In Adventure film competition 2017 and featured at the Cradle Mountain Film Festival 2018.
DIRTBAG - THE LEGEND OF FRED BECKEY - 3pm Saturday
1 hr 36 mins, Director – Dave O’Leske
Hailed as one of the most prolific and influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey has become a cult hero in the outdoor world. Eschewing fame, sponsors and family life so his only obligation would be the next summit, this rebel athlete conquered more unclimbed peaks than anyone in history during his 80-year career, staying myopically focused on the mountains until age 94. Spoken in hushed tones around campfires, Fred Beckey’s name has evoked simultaneous adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. He pioneered the freewheeling American “Dirtbag” lifestyle–defined as one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms in pursuit of a nomadic life of outdoor adventure–leaving a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake. A scholar and author of essential climbing guides, an environmentalist ahead of his time, a polarizing figure and an inspiration to all who yearn to live life on their own terms, this iconic mountaineer has remained shrouded in mystery until now.
“Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey” explores in cinematic rapture the unmatched drive, superhuman achievements and enigmatic genius of this man who set the bar for what is possible in an uncompromised existence. Fred Beckey is the original American “Dirtbag” climber whose name has evoked mystery, adulation and vitriol since the 1940s. Beckey’s stubborn, singular quest to conquer peaks meant a solitary life on the road, where he left a long trail of scorned climbing partners and lost lovers in his wake.
The groundbreaking life story of this rebel athlete, who inspired generations Fred Beckey passed away peacefully on Monday, October 30 at the age of 94. Fred was a true American icon. His legacy is profound, and he has inspired countless people to explore this amazing planet. His legacy in the mountains will live on forever.
Hailed as one of the most prolific, influential climbers of all time, Fred Beckey’s adventures began in Washington’s North Cascade range with his brother Helmy in the 1930s. In 1942, the Beckey brothers cemented their place in alpine lore when the teenagers survived an incredible second ascent of Mount Waddington––considered the most difficult climb in North America at the time. This success marked the beginning of Fred’s epic tear of first ascents around the world, during which he became the consummate “Dirtbag” climber: defined as one who forgoes material comforts and defies societal norms in pursuit of a nomadic mountaineering lifestyle.
Throughout the 20th Century, Fred’s accomplishments exceeded anyone in the sport. He shattered records with an unparalleled string of superhuman first ascents, bushwhacking trails and pioneering direct routes thought previously impassable. He eschewed fame, sponsors, family life and the politics of the industry so his only obligation would remain conquering the next summit. Fred’s individualistic attitude led to him being passed over when the first American climbing team formed to summit Mount Everest in 1963, but the exclusion only drove Beckey to seek more summits, and he continued climbing until he passed away on October 30, 2017 at the age of 94.
In his later years, the man who once bounded up granite and ice with graceful elegance and ease became challenged with the simplicity of everyday life. Fred slowed physically, but his zeal for the outdoors never waned, as he steadfastly continued plotting new routes up undiscovered ranges for the next generation of climbers and explorers.
Throughout his exceptional life, Fred kept meticulous personal journals where he mused on everything from arcane geology, to his wild road adventures and many romantic dalliances, to the myriad sunrises he witnessed from vantages not seen by man before. An environmentalist before there was such a word, Fred used these journals as the basis for 13 essential books that help connect aspiring climbers to the mountains.
Animations of Fred’s personal journals, guidebooks and photographs combine with breathtaking aerial photography, motion graphics and rare archival footage to weave together the tapestry of this complex man’s life. More than 30 additional interviews with some of the world’s greatest climbers and authors––including Timothy Egan, Yvon Chouinard, Layton Kor, Conrad Anker, Royal Robbins and Reinhold Messner––attest to Fred Beckey’s legendary stature, environmental advocacy and iconic impact on the alpine world.
SCREEN TIME, VENUE & TICKET SALES SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED SO STAY TUNED!
CERRO KISHTWAR - 2.30pm Saturday
The first ascent of ‘Har Har Mahadev’ up the NW Face of Cerro Kishtwar (6155 m), established in October 2017 by Thomas Huber, Stephan Siegrist and Julian Zanker.
11 days on the wall, difficulties up to A3+/6b and, above all, a great team spirit. Things couldn’t have gone better for German alpinist Thomas Huber and his Swiss counterparts Stephan Siegrist and Julian Zanker who on 14 October reached the 6155 m high summit of Cerro Kishtwar (6155 m) in the Indian Himalaya via Har Har Mahadev, their new route up the NW Face.
Venue and times soon to be announced and guaranteed to be a cracker of an evening showcasing the BEST and most adrenaline filled climbing films of the year…
NOTE : This Film is subtitled in English
Siegrist, Huber, Zanker on Cerro Kishtwar
The team began their adventure in the Kashmiri Himalaya on September 7th. They reached base camp on the 13th. Best weather conditions left the team with no break and they were able to establish ABC at 5050 meters. They began their ascent of the wall on October 1st after several load carries. They discontinued their first attempt for tactical reasons and returned to base camp. They returned on October 8th with new strength and a fresh attitude, right back into the adventure! The weather was stable. The mornings were clear, clouds came in by noon, the afternoons brought snow. The team had to fight iced up cracks, spindrift, extreme cold with temperatures below -20° C, and difficult techno-climbing up to A3+. On summit day, October 14th, they were rewarded with a sunny day.
“We almost felt like we weren’t alone. Like we were being rewarded for everything we had to go through with this unique moment. We took the last meters together and we could hardly believe it. Cirrostratus clouds flew by in the jet stream 500 meters above us and we were standing there in the sun, in complete calm. We all knew that we were only able to make it because we felt like a courageous alliance together!”
They named their new route through the north-west wall of the Cerro Kishtwar – Har-Har Mahadev. “This saying is from Hindu mythology and dedicated to the god Lord Shiva: “Increase your moral values so you can overcome your fear to master dangerous situations!”
Or as we would say in Bavaria: Get a grip!“
Films at Killarney House
Filmed over a two-year period, this epic four-part series opens up the world of wonder that resides within Ireland’s oldest National Park in Killarney – a living archive of some of our most precious scenery, plants and wildlife. By kind permission and with thanks to Producers Midas Productions, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the Irish Film Institute.
The Park – Summer 45m (IRELAND) Saturday 10.00am
Killarney National Park is alive with colour and life as many of the Park’s species are mating or taking care of newborn young. With footage of some of Ireland’s rarest and most beautiful insects that have never before been caught on camera. Summer is the busiest time of year for the park’s wildlife. We meet Paudi; the first white tailed eagle born in Ireland in over a century.
The Park – Autumn 45m (IRELAND) Saturday 11.ooam
Ireland’s largest national park is captured in arguably the most beautiful season of the year. With the Park’s palette changing to russet tones, its largest mammal develops a new belligerence as the red deer mating season begins and we witness the stags battling for supremacy. We also meet the park’s hibernating Lesser Horseshoe Bat population.
The Park – Winter 45m (IRELAND) Saturday 1pm
An eerie silence appears to descend on Killarney National Park in Winter. With stunning vistas of snow-capped mountain ranges, this programme captures how the animals of the park battle to stay alive in its most difficult season. However, the breeding season for the Atlantic salmon brings vibrant life back to the waterways of the park as the programme explores their journey upstream.
The Park – Spring 45m (IRELAND) Saturday 2pm
Spring shows the renewal of life and hope for the future as Killarney wakes from the cold winter and new life sweeps through the park. Witness the almost invisible changes, through to the most energetic transitions; spawning begins in the frog ponds, buds swell through the valleys and a magnificent pair of white tailed eagles attempt to breed in the park again. By kind permission and with thanks to Producers Midas Productions, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the Irish Film Institute.
The Building of Glenbeigh
Ireland’s Ocean is a wildlife series exploring the wonderful and diverse creatures that live in the seas around Ireland, from dolphins, sharks and stingrays, to plankton and the myriad of tiny colourful creatures in our shallow waters. By kind permission and with thanks to Producers Sea Fever Productions, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the Irish Film Institute.
Ireland’s Ocean – Sharks and Dolphins (IRELAND) 30m Saturday 3pm
Ireland’s Ocean – Jewels in the Shadows (IRELAND) 30mSaturday 3.30pm
Killarney Tourist Town
(IRELAND) 25 mins Sunday 1pm
Building Ireland: Killarney Tourist Town traces the birth of tourism in Killarney, investigates the role of a railway company in developing the Great Southern Hotel, and examines the challenges of building Europe’s most westerly railway from Glenbeigh to Caherciveen. By kind permission and with thanks to Producers ESRAS Films, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the Irish Film Institute.
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story – Basecamp Saturday 7.00pm
Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, is a multi-award winning documentary In Just Eat It, filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste, at the farm level, across the food chain, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the extent of good food that is wasted each year, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is a truly shocking insight into the global food system that we are all part of.
The Summit - Sunday 2pm St Mary's Church of the Sloes
(IRELAND) 114 mins
In August of 2008, 22 climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on Earth. 48 hours later, eleven had been killed or simply vanished into thin air. Like a horror movie come-to-life, it was as if the mountain began stealing lives, one climber at a time.
One such climber was the fun-loving, friendly Ger McDonnell, the first Irishman to summit K2. Faced with a moral dilemma after finding three climbers tangled and struggling in K2’s perilous “death zone”, Ger defied the climber’s code and attempted to help his fellow climbers descend. This is as much Ger’s story as it is an homage to the fearsome power of nature.
THE DAWN WALL - 9pm Sunday Cinema Killarney (PRE-BOOKING ADVISED, VISIT OUR TICKET PAGE)
One of the BIGGEST & BEST – High octane, High Adrenaline Films of the year- Definitely NOT to be missed!!!
1 hr 55mins Directors – Josh Lowell / Peter Mortimer
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 fulfil his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?
CINEMA KILLARNEY, 9PM, SUNDAY MARCH 10TH PRE BOOKING ADVISED…PLEASE VISIT OUR TICKET PAGE
THE DAWN WALL CAST
Tommy Caldwell started climbing soon after he learned to walk. Growing up with a mountain guide father, his talent and passion led him as a teenager to the top of climbing competitions and cutting-edge outdoor routes.
In 2000, on a climbing expedition in Kyrgyzstan, Tommy and his climbing partners were captured and held hostage by armed rebels. Miraculously, after six days of captivity, the group managed to free themselves. Upon returning to the United States and trying to piece together his life, Tommy severed his index finger in a home remodelling accident.
Managing to overcome the obstacles life was throwing at him, Tommy came back stronger and raised his already elite skill level and the sport’s standards. His subsequent free climbing accomplishments in Yosemite National Park remain unmatched and made Tommy one of the best rock climbers in the world, a perfect contender to be the first person to free climb The Dawn Wall.
Like most kids, Kevin grew up climbing ladders, trees and fences, until a visit to his local climbing gym changed his life forever. Kevin steadily improved his climbing and started winning youth national championships. Once he discovered bouldering, he quickly made a name for himself as one of the sport’s best.
At his home stomping grounds in the California’s Buttermilks, Kevin made the first ascent of the terrifying Ambrosia, a 15-meter high boulder from which a fall near the top would be catastrophic. While searching to expand into other climbing disciplines, Kevin learned about Tommy Caldwell’s initial forays on the Dawn Wall. Under the mentorship of Tommy, Kevin proved a quick study as he transformed himself into a big wall climber capable of the completing the most continuously difficult route in the world.