Stumped - 25min
'I don't want to be known
as just a one-armed climber,' says Maureen Beck, 'I just want to be a good
climber.' Maureen Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but
that hasn't stopped her from going hard. She takes whippers on 5.12 and
crushes overhanging boulders, while shot-gunning beers. But she is not here to
be your inspiration. People say, 'Look, a one-armed climber, now I have no
excuses.' I'm like, dude, you never had any excuses in the first place.
Maureen is here to crush the gnar with one bloody stump helping her get to
Psycho Vertical - 65min
Raw and emotive, Psycho
Vertical explores the intricate mind of Andy Kirkpatrick, a world-class climber
and alpinist who lives a life of conflicting desires, identities and
responsibilities, inspired by his best-selling autobiography of the same name.
Firmly grounded by his impoverished upbringing in 1970s Hull, from a young age
Andy's head has been in the clouds, filled with grand ideas of discovering
who he is and what exactly he's made of, spurred on by his father's absence
and translated into ascents of some of the world's most dangerous alpine routes.
Though he knows the pain of living in poverty, pursuing his dreams comes before
making a living. While compelled to share his chaotic personal life and make
audiences crumple with laughter on stage, he chooses to test himself on some of
the world's longest and most difficult climbs totally alone. A proud father,
he cannot help but put ambition over security, even if that means risking his
life time and again. By exploring his past, his present and his motivation for
pushing his limits to the absolute extreme, we follow Andy on an 18-day, solo
ascent of El Capitan, where life on the wall is precarious, tough and
'crushingly lonely', creating a raw and intimate portrait of one of
climbing's most controversial, unpredictable and adored figures, and exploring
themes of identity, fatherhood, and how our pasts shape us, drive us forward
and stay with us all our lives.
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