Brit Rock V Film Tour Alpkit Hathersage

Brit Rock V Film Tour Alpkit Hathersage


Posted 2023-12-23 by John Burnsfollow

Fri 19 Jan 2024

Brit Rock V Film Tour – Alpkit Hathersage

What: The ever-popular climbing film series Brit Rock returns for 2024.

Where: Alpkit, Main Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley, SE32 1BB

When: January 19th, 2024. 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm.

How: Get your ticket at Eventbrite . General admission is £10.

The Brit Rock film tour returns with its fifth instalment in 2024, bringing five more films that capture the ethos, adventure, and excitement of modern British climbing. Enjoy a screening of Alastair Lee’s latest collection at the Alpkit shop in Hathersage.

Climber and filmmaker Alastair Lee has delivered some of the most inspiring outdoor adventure pieces of recent years. His work with Jesse Dufton on the film Climbing Blind charted Jesse’s struggle with visual impairment, and his commitment to climbing ever harder, ever bolder lines in what he himself terms as ‘non-sight’ style.

In Brit Rock III, released in 2021, Alastair followed the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Neil Gresham as he battled hard to put up a new route on Pavey Ark in the Lake District. This project would see fellow Brit-climbing-pantheon member Steve McClure take a now infamous 90ft fall on his attempt at the route.

In January of 2024, the fifth instalment of the Brit Rock compilation series goes on tour. Climbing fans – as well as fans of adventure and outdoor filmmaking in general – will get five more films to enjoy. On the 19th, the tour comes to Hathersage, and you’ll be able to catch Brit Rock V at the Alpkit shop.

By his own admission, Alastair’s climbing isn’t quite on a par with the subjects of his films (although he’s still very, very good), but the love, care, vision, and commitment he pours into his work is plain to see. It’s no accident that the release of a new Brit Rock instalment has become an eagerly awaited fixture in the British climbing calendar.

The Films

Brit Rock is never just about one film – it’s about a stunning collection of perspectives from across the world of British and Irish climbing. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s lineup.

Goddess of Craic

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Focussing on Freja Shannon, a part-Swedish, part-Irish climber who is quickly rising through the trad climbing grades, Goddess of Craic is one of the most hotly anticipated films in this year’s canon.

Watch Freja on routes like Sista Bossen (E8 6c) at Bohuslan in Sweden and Snell’s Law (E7 6c) at Burren in Ireland, and discover more about her fascinating journey.

Shining Stones

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Robbie Phillips has been turning heads in the climbing community in recent years, thanks to a series of stunning ascents and an admirable approach to the discipline of climbing. In Shining Stones, Robbie explores a new climbing destination nestled in the heart of the Scottish highlands, after a recommendation from the legendary Simon Nadin.

The location is Ben Loyal – somewhere well and truly off the beaten track, but with a wealth of untapped climbing potential.

Helmcken Falls

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Helmcken Falls follows leading mixed climber Emma Powell and previous Brit Rock instalment star Neil Gresham as they head to British Columbia.

Here, they join up with Tim Emmett and Klemen ‘Klem’ Premrl on some of the most jawdroping winter lines in the world.

Hard Git

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Matt Wright has burst onto the British climbing scene in the last couple of years, logging an ascent of Neil Gresham’s own Lexicon (E11 7a) on the Lake District’s Pavey Ark, and ticking his way through some of the hardest routes in the country.

This time out, he gets his own turn in the spotlight. Hard Git looks into the life and climbing of one of Britain’s new heroes, including a seriously hard, and seriously dangerous, first ascent of Magical Thinking (E10 7a), also at Pavey Ark.

Head Jam

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The final film in this year’s collection sees Brit Rock’s own Alastair Lee take centre stage as he examines his battles with mental health. Watching the filmmaker and outdoor enthusiast climbing – both metaphorically and literally – out of the depths of darkness and towards a life filled with hope and promise, is an inspiring experience.

Dark and thought-provoking, yet uplifting and at times hilarious, this is one of the more unique entries into the Brit Rock series. And there are few better ways to cap off an excellent two-and-a-half hours of climbing adventure.

Head to Eventbrite and grab your ticket to the Hathersage screening.

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