Brit Rock Film Tour 2016 18
From the archive
This film was last shown on 13 December 2016
Now in its third year Posing Productions' Brit Rock Film Tour is fast becoming one of the main adventure film programmes to screen in venues around the UK and the rest of the world. Brit Rock is set apart from the other tours as it focuses solely on climbing, and features home talent on British rock.
The UK has arguably the richest climbing history and one of the strongest ethical codes of conduct in the world; Brit Rock is quite literally a no-nonsense celebration of this richness.
Premiering on November the 18th at Kendal Mountain Festival, the biggest adventure film festival of them all, you are invited to host a screening of this year's tour at your own venue any time after the 18th Nov.
The Brit Rock Tour’s main feature for 2016 is the cinematic spectacular revelling in the UK’s golden age of bouldering ‘Blocheads’ premiering at the Kendal Mountain Festival, 18th Nov.
Never before have there been so many indoor walls; so many climbers obsessed with training; so many beasts of superhuman strength. That talent is not going to waste. We follow the fearsomely strong Blocheads as they quest for new lines and push the limits of human ability. It’s a story of adventure, rocky passions and mutant fingers. It’s the story of a search for bouldering gold.
There’s history too – we delve into bouldering’s murky past. Once it was just a bit of fun outside the climbing hut. Now it’s ‘a thing’. From the first recorded bouldering in the 19th century, through to the rise of bouldering as a sport, something happened while the traditional climbers weren’t watching. There has been a movement in the force.
We tell the story of the UK’s first outdoor boulder comp, an up-yours to the establishment organised by 70’s developer Jerry Peel. We learn about the Godfather John Gill, and how he influenced a young Jerry Moffatt, the first of a new wave of rockstars who helped shape the modern world of bouldering.
Blocheads includes numerous first ascents, off-the-scale gnarly moves and hair-erasing highballs. Sumptuous production. Historical garnish. Anarchy. Daft bits. Awesome bits. Watch it.
The superstar line-up includes:
Dan Varian, Ned Feehally, Jerry Moffat, Michaela Tracy, Alex Waterhouse and many more.
Blocheads takes us on a tour around some of the UK's finest bouldering venues. There are classic locations in the South-West, the Lakes, North Wales, Scotland, The Peak District, Yorkshire and the North-East. And there’s a look at some of the country's newest areas with Murlough Bay at Fairhead in Northern Ireland.
Produced and filmed by Alastair Lee
Shauna Coxsey goes Crack Climbing
Shauna Coxsey’s iron grip has seen her demolish the competition to become IFSC Bouldering World Cup Champion, power up 8b+ outside, join the Redbull Team, become a BMC ambassador and – incredibly – be awarded an MBE for services to crushing. But what happens when the queen of British bouldering is faced with a brutal gritstone crack? We teamed her up with Wide Boy Pete Whittaker to find out.
A BMC TV production by Nick Brown.
A superb short climbing film exploring James Pearson’s recent ascent of the infamous ‘Quarryman’. 30 years after the first ascent why is this route still such a coveted tick? Included interviews with Johnny Dawes and archive footage of the original ascent and the actual quarrymen who formed the route.
Film by Neil Hart.
- Alastair Lee, Neil Hart, Nick Brown
- 90 mins