This week's new film events, Guardian Guide

26th Feb 2011

Recent movies like 127 Hours and Sanctum showed how exhilarating and terrifying extreme outdoor pursuits are to watch on the big screen – but they were just pretending. The real deal needs no dressing up, as this ever-popular event proves. The sight of humans hurtling, careering, plummeting, bounding, scaling and otherwise engaging with the landscape in authentically perilous ways is as gripping as any fiction. Beyond special guests and programmes of the "standard" disciplines, there are novelties here such as urban climbing, high-altitude tightrope walking, speed mountaineering, extreme unicycling and, for ultimate niche credibility, cross-country snowboarding. Don't try this at home; try it outdoors!