Our Lockdown Watch List
To help with any boredom that may be surfacing, boost moral and get that fire burning for new future experiences we have put together a little list of some of our favourite films all centered around the outdoors; from everyday adventures to epic challenges, stunning awe inspiring scenery of far away lands to the beauty on our doorstep.
Get the kettle on, hunt out the sleeping bag and have your very own living room bivvy…
We’d love to hear about your favourites too!?
The Bothy Project
by Lightshed Pictures
I loved ‘the bothy project’ released by the BMC a few years ago. It’s about four females, climbers, swimmers and artists who stay in a bothy called shenevall in the north west highlands. I loved it because it was the first bothy I visited on my second of many epic camping and bivvying trips to Scotland. I stayed in the bothy to complete the fisherfield round (a loop of 6 munroes and a few corbets) but the situation of the bothy is so awe inspiring, it takes two hours just to walk into before you even start the adventure up other mountains and it feels so removed from the rest of the world, no people anywhere to be seen or heard and surrounded by the most incredible mountains you could imagine! The film really gives an essence of the place. The bothy is so simple as all bothys are, but is full of other climbers, walkers and mountaineers history with maps and notes all over the walls, and old tins of questionable foods on shelves, burnt out candles and a blackened fire place.
on her terms
by Aspect Media
“I love the exploratory nature of it, how they delve into their connection with nature and their love of the environment. I also enjoyed how they included education on Iceland’s approach to energy. Its It’s full of wicked scenery and it just really makes me want to explore Iceland by mountain bike.”
i am a fell runner
by Jessie Leong & Julie Carter
“This film is not just for fell runners. Its for anyone who has ever felt that unexplained need and passion to do the thing they love.
I love to listen to Julie read her poetry so with the combination of the local Lake District Fells this is an absolute winner in my eyes”
by Sweetgrass Productions
“I love the slow pace, the attention to detail that everyone can appreciate & the way they capture movement along side words. This film resonates with me because of all the snippets of memories & moments I’ve had skiing feeling totally elated and like I’m floating in a gloriously coloured world. Hopefully it can capture everyone, even those who may have never have had that experience and magically make them feel impressed.
Fricking wicked footage and lighting.
Mostly just one day I want to ski in a light suit and look that fricking cool”
DARK SIDE OF THE LENS
by Astray Films
“The first ever adventure film festival I went to was back in 2011 (the Adventure Film Tour I think, in Hammersmith), of all the films that evening, this one stood out for me, I can watch it again and again. The words, sound and visuals combined were so striking & memorable. His words stick in my head, “cold creeping into my core”, “if I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping”… little did I know almost 5 years later I’d end up working for Kendal Mountain Festival, and watch 100s more adventure films – but still this one ranks up there as one of the best (in my opinion!)“
by Aaron Lieber
“It’s a documentary of surfer Bethany Hamilton, her passion for surfing and not letting anything stand in her way. I cried, I laughed, I cheered, I gasped as she takes on Jaws, the big wave in Hawaii. It shows you her life story and how she lost her arm to a shark attack, and how she came back stronger and more determined to be one of the worlds best surfers.”
Available to watch on Netflix
Paul Tierney: Running The Wainwrights
by Dave MacFarlane
“I love the emotions in it, the determination, the grit, the community. The reasoning. I’m not a runner but I felt every moment of the film and just loved it.”
by Reel Things
“Hilly Skiing Is such a beautiful film. Hilly’s passion, strength and courage can be an inspiration to us all. She shows us that whatever your passion is in life, go out and grab it. My favourite turn is the one on the tiny summer patch! Love it.“
Speak to me softly
by Henna Taylor
“The short film “Speak To Me, Softly” spoke to me on a number of levels. The portrayal of the little gremlin in my brain telling me ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘I can’t do this’ (whether this is racing triathlons, climbing, slack lining, learning a new knot, ANYTHING) blew me away. When lockdown blows over and I can run straight into the mountains – I am determined to win the battle with my gremlin. This film inspired me to trust myself – which is a very new concept to me.
Go and watch this GEM. <3″
by Joey Schusler
“In short, this film for me is proof that if you have heart and determination you can succeed, no matter what your start in life.”
Life of Pie
“Funny and heartwarming with trails I actually would genuinely LOVE to ride!!! Say what?!
I’m not a mountain biker. I don’t go in search of the gnar (is that even the right way to use that word in a sentence?!), I can’t manual and I have to really concentrate to do the right hand wave horn thing but I do enjoy riding my bike and this film makes me want to ride my bike!!! I want to know these women and I want to hang out with these women – although maybe with the admission above I’m not cool enough( something tells me they won’t bother themselves with things like that though!).
Fruita, Colorado… here I come… errrrm when this is all over!”
“Why? Quite simply because it’s a love letter to the sea – and that’s what I’m missing right now.”
“I like the fact that it documents real emotions and struggles, that a women faces when being successful in a male dominated sport and the fact that she cracks on through with sheer determination. It has some incredible footage on one of the toughest chutes, with her talking herself through an incredibly exposed position and working to control her emotion.”
My Big White Thighs and Me
By Maia Media
“I remember the first time I saw this film. It had me laughing & crying in equal measures and not much has changed since – it gets me every time. I feel lucky to now know Hannah and it makes the film that much more endearing to me. It epitomizes a lot of what the WWW Community is to me… In Hannahs words; a short film that encourages us all to turn down the volume on the demands of the world and to celebrate the quiet heroism of a female life and it’s body. It’s a story about womanhood, miscarriage, healing, loving your own skin & freezing your bum off in cold water.”