Identity, fear, obsession, destruction. Based on his best-selling auto-biography of the same name, Psycho Vertical is a raw and emotive exploration of the complex life and motivations of writer, funny-man and Britain's unlikeliest hero-mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick.
Winner of Best Climbing Film at Banff Mountain Film Festival 2017 where the jury wrote: 'The jury agreed that one film in this category stood out because of the honesty of the protagonist and its refreshing filmmaking style. In this era of soical media, our feeds are full of professional athletes 'living the dream'. This film digs a lot deeper. The filmmaker successfully employs some unorthodox techniques and the filmmaking feels fresh, at times even bordering on experimental. It is a 'warts and all' profile that leaves an audience with a true rendering of a well-known climber, and a film which transcends its category.'
Also winner of Best Climbing Film at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, Canada, The Jury Special Award at The Nordic Adventure Film Festival, Denmark and Best Script at Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, Spain.
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
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 from world cup stages to the boulders of South Africa, Project Mina explores what it takes to become one of the best, on your own terms.
Made with support from 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 the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.
… and check out our later collaboration, Mina Meet Godzilla at the bottom of this page.
Project Mina Trailer
Project Mina Poster by Gemma Wiseman
Mina Meet Godzilla
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 and OWN were collaborations with choreographer Natali McCleary. The Old Lie was made by a crew of six teenage girls and fifteen young male dancers, our goal being 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.
OWN was made over five days in Aberdeen, working with young people new to both and film and dance.