Published: 06:00, 11 March 2020
It features some adrenalin-pumping leaps of faith, caught on camera in far-flung spots around the globe that you may otherwise never see.
The annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, which comes to Tunbridge Wells this weekend, and Canterbury later this month, features two collections of extraordinary films from some of the world's best adventure filmmakers, showing some super-human challenges, soulful journeys and spectacular cinematography.
The festival, which originates in the Canadian Rockies, is on a world tour, stopping at two cinemas in the county, the first of which is this weekend.
UK and Ireland tour director Nell Teasdale said: “We can’t wait to share the latest inspirational films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival on our biggest tour yet.
“And as well as exhilarating stories starring intrepid characters and pioneering journeys, an evening at Banff is a celebration of the great outdoors, with a vibrant atmosphere and a real sense of community. And we guarantee audiences will leave inspired to have an adventure of their own.”
Besides the two different collections of films, there will also be the film Up to Speed which puts a spotlight on the discipline of speed climbing, featuring in the in Olympic Games for the first time ever at Tokyo 2020.
The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of entries into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, held each November in Canada.
As well as thrilling films, each event features a free prize draw for exciting outdoorsy goodies from the tour partners.
The film highlights include:
Oxfordshire adventurer Sarah Outen embarks on a four-year, human-powered traverse of the globe, travelling by bike, kayak and rowing boat facing punishing elements, months of solitude and storms which push her to the mental and physical brink. Home intimately and unflinchingly captures her 20,000-mile odyssey.
Spectre Expedition – Mission Antarctica
Spectre Expedition stars 1,000 miles, 65 days, three mates... and one mountain. Using snow-kites to travel great distances, with massive loads at speeds of up to 60kmph, this is the epic tale of a daring dream to reach the summit of one of the most remote mountains on earth: The Spectre in Antarctica. The film stars British adventurer Leo Houlding, plus teammates Jean Burgun from France and Kiwi Mark Sedon.
The Ladakh Project
Join French athlete Nouria Newman as she tackles a 375km solo kayaking expedition along the most remote and daunting rivers in the Indian Himalaya, where she is forced to push herself to the edge of her limits.
See the Banff Mountain Film Festival screenings at the Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells, on Saturday, March 14 at 2pm and 7pm and on Saturday, March 28 at the Gulbenkian, Canterbury, at 2pm and 7pm. Book at banff-uk.com