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. 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 in the UK at the Kendal Film Festival on Friday 18th November and screening at Beacon Climbing Centre on Saturday 19th November, the Brit Rock Tour’s main feature for 2016 is the 60min length Blocheads: a cinematic spectacular revelling in the UK’s golden age of bouldering and featuring numerous first ascents, off-the-scale gnarly moves and hair-raising highballs. Sumptuous production. Historical garnish. Anarchy. Daft bits. Awesome bits. Watch it.
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.
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.
The Quarryman. A superb short climbing film by Neil Hart exploring James Pearson’s recent ascent of one of the area’s most icon routes –The Quarryman located in Twll Mawr in the Llanberis slate quarries. 30 years after the first ascent why is this route still such a coveted tick? The film includes interviews with the first ascensionist Johnny Dawes and archive footage of the original ascent and the actual quarrymen who formed the route.
Shauna Coxsey goes Crack Climbing. British climber 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…
Date: Saturday 19th November
Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Show time: 7:30pm (bar opens 6:30pm)
Total Running time: 90mins
Please note that tickets are also available on the door (subject to availability).