Thrilling adventures on St Albans screen at mountain film festival
PUBLISHED: 16:02 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 19 February 2018
© John Price
Adrenaline junkies will be able to get their fix at an action-packed film festival coming to St Albans.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour arrives at The Alban Arena on Thursday, March 1 for an evening of extraordinary short films.
The event showcases a selection of adventure films, featuring today’s up-and-coming thrill seekers on mind-blowing journeys in the most remote and spectacular corners of the globe.
Audiences can expect amazing cinematography, stunning scenery, some hair-raising moments and lots of laughs – and promoters guarantee viewers will leave inspired to have an adventure of their own.
This year’s UK and Ireland tour features two different collections of new films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival, with St Albans set to see the Red programme.
Tour director Nell Teasdale said: “UK and Irish audiences have a huge passion for adventure, so we’re delighted to be able to share these amazing films and their intrepid characters with wider audiences and even more venues.
“We guarantee the tour will inspire viewers to start planning their own outdoor adventures, too!”
The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of movies entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every year in the Canadian Rockies.
Each screening offers a real sense of community, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts who are into all sorts of action sport pursuits, and there are also free prize giveaways at every event.
The Red films programme highlights include The Frozen Road and Into Twin Galaxies.
Yorkshireman Ben Page sought an adventure of perfect solitude in the Canadian Arctic.
But the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment are a long way from the romanticisms of a Jack London book in The Frozen Road.
On a wild bikepacking journey, as the latitude increases and the mercury falls below -30C, Ben discovers what it truly means to travel alone in this great emptiness.
Top adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer are on an extreme mission in Greenland in film Into Twin Galaxies.
Using kite skis, the trio tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled – and then the challenge gets even tougher.
With spectacular cinematography, remote wilderness and a large amount of suffering, this film shows what it’s like to be far out of your comfort zone.
The Banff UK and Ireland tour is part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the globe each year, visiting nearly 50 countries and reaching more than 400,000 people worldwide.
Tickets for the St Albans screening cost £13.50, and £11.50.
Age guidance is 12A (people under 12 can attend if they are accompanied by an adult.)
Call The Alban Arena box office on 01727 844488 or book online at www.alban-arena.co.uk
• Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details.