Operation Moffat takes inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide, Gwen Moffat. Grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security and wilderness over ticklists, writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randall climb, run, scramble and swim their way through Gwen’s most cherished British landscapes. Including candid interviews with 91 year old Gwen, previously unseen archive material and unashamedly real action sequences, this film captures Gwen’s infectious excitement for a life constantly seeking something strange or beautiful around the next bend.
Made in collaboration with BMC TV and Claire Carter, Operation Moffat has won twenty awards at international mountain film festivals including Banff Mountain Film Festival, Kendal Mountain Festival, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival and 5 Point Film Festival. It featured on Posing Productions' 2015 Brit Rock Film Tour, Sender Films' short film series for Red Bull TV and travelled with Banff Mountain Film Festival's World Tour.
I receive a lot of emails asking about the music in the film, so here is a list of the tracks we used:
From Audio Network:
Ukelele Ladies by Elfed Hayes, Think in Ink by Phillip Sheppard, Flying Horses by Chris Blackwell, Don't Go Away by Jesse Walton, Beautiful Today by Richard Lucy, Seasons Under My Bed by Tom Rosenthal
From The Music Bed:
The Sea Will Claim Us by Matthew Kidd
Operation Moffat Poster by Tessa Lyons
Project Mina, 2014
Intimate and powerful, Project Mina follows pro-climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk on the World Cup bouldering circuit of 2013. A film about dedication, struggle, determination and finding your way, with climbing sequences from world cup stages watched by thousands, to the quiet boulders of remote South Africa, Project Mina explores what it takes to become one of the best, when even the hardest of training regimes does not guarantee success.
Made with the support of BMC TV and The Climbing Academy, Project Mina won silver in the Best Climbing Film category at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2015 and the Honorable Mention award at International Mountain Film Festival Domzale 2014, as well as being screened at festivals around the world including Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015. It was part of Posing Productions' Brit Rock Film Tour 2014 and is currently on the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
In September 2013, two weeks after getting married, my husband and I set off on a seven-month job for Epic TV. Our task was to make fun, snappy video-guides to some of the best climbing destinations in Europe. From France to the Czech Republic, we dropped a new video every fortnight, made on the road before hunting down our next spot, living through a tough European winter in our trusty campervan. Not the honeymoon we'd planned, but a treasured time nonetheless.
Europe's Best Crags has received over two million views and our final episode became one Epic TV's most popular climbing videos of 2014.
Push It is the story of distinctly average climbers Jackie Sequeira and I preparing for our first ever big wall - Yosemite's El Capitan. Totally out of our depth from start to finish, I visit some of my climbing heroines for inspiration along the way, including Mina Leslie-Wujastyk bouldering in Magic Wood, Switzerland, Natalie Berry sport climbing in Malham, Yorkshire, and local hero Vicki Mayes trad climbing in Dunkeld, Scotland. Rough and ready, full of honesty and humour, this is a story of two underdogs chasing adventure to the very edge of their wits and limits.
Push It has been screened in film festivals around the world, from New Zealand to Banff, Sheffield to Tunisia. It won the People's Choice Award at Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2012 and was part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2013.
Light Shed Pictures has collaborated with youth arts organisations Firefly Arts, Vox Liminis and Belmont Filmhouse, introducing a vast range of young people to the power of being both behind and in front of the camera. From visiting youth groups and drop-in centres to running regular filmmaking clubs and week-long intensive workshops, we have created festival-selected drama, award-winning dance film and a whole host of experimental, exploratory, electric films in the process.
The Old Lie was a collaboration with Firefly Arts and choreographer Natali McCleary. Made by a crew of six teenage girls and fifteen young male dancers, our goal was to encourage more young women to take part in filmmaking and to challenge gender stereotypes within the industry. The Old Lie won Best Film in the First Cut Film Festival 2016. Visit the journal page to read about the making of this film.
The Old Lie, Firefly Arts
Short Films for BMC TV
Light Shed Pictures and The British Mountaineering Council's BMC TV have collaborated on more than a dozen film projects, from adding to Sport England's This Girl Can campaign to creating the award-winning Where Walking Took Me and critically acclaimed Project Mina and Operation Moffat. Exploring themes of gender, resilience and why we are driven to pursue adventure, this has become a beautiful and varied collection of films rooted in a love of the outdoors.