Buxton Adventure Festival announces 2013 film programme

13th Sep 2013

Posted on 11:03am Friday 13th Sep 2013
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Buxton Adventure Festival proudly announces the 2013 full speaker line-up and film programme today.  10 inspirational speakers will be followed by a screenings of our pick of the world’s best adventure sports films.


Highlights include Saturday night’s interview with Derbyshire’s Olympic Mountain Biker Annie Last followed by a double bill of newly released mountain-bike epics – ‘Not Bad’ and ‘Arrival’.  And on Sunday night, round-the-world adventurer Jason Lewis’ talk will be followed by a screening of the eagerly anticipated ski and snowboard feature film ‘Valhalla’.

Arrival: Making of Episode 3 – Ouro Preto on Pinkbike

Brought to you for the first time last year by the organisers of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, in partnership with the University of Derby, Buxton, 100% of our audience said they loved the combination of live lectures and big screen cinema and would recommend it to a friend.

buxtonaquathlon4This year to create even more of a festival feel, we’ll have a whole range of family-friendly activities including a Children’s Run-Swim Aquathlon with High Peak Tri Club; free family activities with the YHA and Village Games, free Alpine Skills workshops with Peak Mountain Training and we’re even looking into Forest School sessions.  MyOutdoorsUK will also be organising an outdoors and adventure sports photography exhibition in the Pavilion Gardens.  Plus we’re introducing ‘Adventure Bites’ – an hour-long, family friendly loop of 10 action-packed, short adventure sports films showing all weekend.

Festival Programme Director Matt Heason of Heason Events, said: “We’re privileged to be able to screen a range of films including some of this year’s most eagerly anticipated releases ‘Not Bad’, ‘Arrival’ and ‘Valhalla’.  We’re also proud to be showcasing new talent like Morgan Cardiff’s ‘The Penguin Runner’ and to have another chance to screen ‘The Dragon’s Back’ by Sheffield producer Rich Heap, which sold out at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival.”

high peak radio buxton adventure festivalFestival PR Lissa Cook said, “We really hope there’s something for everyone this year with films and speakers across the whole range of adventure sports from running, climbing, cycling to winter sports.  There are also inspirational stories like disabled climber Paul Pritchard returning to the Himalayas on a recumbent bike in ‘The Journey’ and the tragic account of Henri Coetzee’s last kayaking expedition in ‘Kadoma’ as well as a crazy race to the Pole in ‘Crossing the Ice’.”

“100% of last year’s audience told us they liked the mix of speakers and films and would recommend the festival and bring a friend.  We’re hoping that the 2013 programme, which we’re confident is even stronger than last year’s, will be a crowd pleaser.”

hpbclogowideLeader of High Peak Borough Council, Caitlin Bisknell, said:  “We’re delighted to work in partnership with the Buxton Adventure Festival.  BAF is a wonderful addition to Buxton and the High Peak’s offer.  We have such wonderful scenery on our doorstep with walking, climbing and biking routes to suit all abilities, all within each reach.  And we have a strong cultural heritage with a long tradition of climbers like internationally renowned athletes."

university of derby logo newStrategic Director of the University of Derby, Buxton, Dr Peter Dewhurst said: “Here at the University of Derby Buxton, adventure is part of the curriculum through our portfolio of outdoor courses at Oaklands Manor,  so we are delighted to sponsor the Festival in its second year."
“Just like explorers who need practical skills and preparation to face the challenges they will meet, our students leave with real world learning which equips them for a successful future.”



adventurebites_dylanNEW FOR 2013 - ALL WEEKEND - 'ADVENTURE BITES' LOOP:  An hour-long, family friendly loop of 10 action-packed, short adventure sports films showing all day Saturday and Sunday. Screening in the Studio Theatre next to Main Theatre with individual wireless headphones, you are guaranteed a great audio-visual experience and you can turn up at any point without disturbing anyone else's enjoyment.   A ticket gains you entry once, but you can stay as long as you like. If you arrive part way through the loop you can simply watch until the loop finishes and continue watching the next loop until you catch up!  Simple.

SATURDAY 10.30 - Young Adventurers
Demo: Extreme Mountain Biking
Multiple British trials bike champion Danny Butler travels the country with his Extreme Mountain Bike Show demonstrating his team's hair-raising skills on two wheels.  One of his intrepid team of top stunt mountain-bikers will be bringing their bike along to Buxton to show off their tricks.   
Films: Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Young Adventurers shorts 1

Speaker: Hill Walking - Going Long & Staying Strong.  British Mountain Club Hill Walking Officer Carey Davies in conversation with Chris Townsend - outdoor writer and photographer and one of the world's most prolific long-distance walkers.  Chris's walks include the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail and the first ever continuous walk of the 517 Scottish Munros.
Film: Crossing the Ice. 100 years after Scott and Amundsen’s tragic race to the South Pole, two Australian adventurers James Castrission and Justin Jones (Cas and Jonesy) tackle one of the last great Antarctic odysseys – getting to the pole and back completely unassisted.  But on the way out they discover there’s a Norwegian on the ice – and he’s got a head start.    

Expert Panel: British Mountain Guides - Passion & Professionalism on the Peaks.  Three talks compered by fellow guide James Thacker with an audience Q&A:
Mark Walker: Mixing and Matching - A Season Ski Touring Across the European Alps
Jon Morgan: Chamonix Zermatt Haute Route on Skis: A Purist's Version
Al Powell: Ski Mountaineering in Greenland - Exploring the Arctic Wilderness on Dogsleds & Skis
Film: This is My Winter. Big mountain snowboard legend Xavier de la Rue is stuck.  Hanging 4,391m up on a ridge having dropped one of his pair of ice axes, he's trapped on a sheet of blue ice.  Radio-ing down to the film crew he explains, 'I don't think you understand.  With only one ice axe there's no way I can get out of here'.  Follow Xavier through a whole season - includes a hair-raising four hour descent down one of the most mythical ski descents in Chamonix, the 3,700m Aiguille de Plan.

Speaker: Juliana Buhring - The Fastest Woman To Cycle the World.  On December 22, 2012, Juliana Buhring set the first ever Guinness World Record for Fastest Woman to Circumnavigate the World by Bicycle.  Juliana’s 18,060 mile journey took her across four continents and nineteen countries, in a total time of 152 days and 144 actual days pedalled.
Film: Juliana will introduce 'Kadoma' - the nickname for her late friend Hendri Coetzee, a legendary South African kayaker who had explored some of Africa’s wildest rivers. American pro kayakers Chris Korbulic and Ben Stookesbury followed Coetzee into the Democratic Republic of Congo for a first descent of the dangerous Lukuga River. Seven weeks into the expedition, tragedy struck.

Interview: Annie Last - Team GB Mountain Biker with British Cycling’s Nik Cook    
Bakewell born Annie Last made her Olympic debut at the London 2012 Olympics, becoming the first woman to represent Great Britain in the mountain bike event for 12 years.  Leading the pack for the first lap, she finished in 8th place overall which was a great result for the developing rider.
Film double bill: Not Bad and Arrival. Not Bad is a tale of epic adventure. A tale of seven brave riders who set out from the four corners of the globe to gather together under one roof in a town located at the ends of the earth...30 days of bicycle tomfoolery in New Zealand'.  'Arrival' brings viewers into the reality of a new generation of freeriders and racers.  A new mountain cycling actu-mentary building on the success of Secondbase Films 2011 release 'From the Inside Out'

SUNDAY 10.30
Demo:  Young Adventurers - Urban Acrobatics.  Free runners move around by running up walls, jumping between buildings, doing backflips down staircases, seeing objects as opportunities not obstacles.  Ahmed from Action in Motion will showcase his amazing acrobatic skills and explain the philosophy behind parkours.
Films: Sheffield Adventure Film Festival Young Adventurers shorts 1

SUNDAY 12.30
Interview: Heather Dawe - A Personal Obsession with Mountains.  Ultra-runner, climber and cyclist and now author and artist Heather Dawe talks to Trail Running editor Claire Maxted about her drive to keep pushing herself harder and harder.  Heather has competed and won at Elite level in many mountain marathons like the LAMM and the OMM and has run the Bob Graham Round in under 22 hours. In 2008 she won the renowned Three Peaks Cyclo-cross.
Film: The Dragon’s Back. One of the world's toughest running events, the original Dragon’s Back Race happened just once in September 1992.  Tracing the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle this incredible 5-day journey is approximately 320 kilometres long with 17,000 metres.  Follow the exploits of those who dared take on the even tougher 2012 course including all the 3,000 ft Welsh mountains on day one.
SUNDAY 15.00
Speaker: Jez Bragg - Running the Length of New Zealand.  Ultra-runner Jez Bragg successfully completed New Zealand’s arduous Te Araroa Trail, from top to bottom of both islands, in just 53 days - 9 days quicker than the previous record for running the length of the country.  The 3,054km route also involved Jez kayaking across the notoriously dangerous Cook Strait, 120km down the Whanganui River and numerous other river and estuary crossing over the course of the expedition.
Film double bill: The Road from Karakol + The Journey.  In the summer of 2011, alpinist Kyle Dempster set out across Kyrgyzstan’s back roads on his bike.  His goal – ride across the country via old Soviet roads while climbing as many of the region’s impressive peaks as possible - alone.  Paul Pritchard became disabled in 1998 during a climbing accident on a sea stack in Tasmania when a TV-sized boulder falling from 25 meters inflicted such terrible head injuries that doctors thought he might never walk or even speak again.   'The Journey' follows Paul and Carol Hurst as they ride over the Himalayas all the way to Mount Everest Base Camp.

SUNDAY 17.30
Speaker: Rosie Swale Pope - The World's Longest Unsupported Run.  Global Adventurer Rosie Swale-Pope is the only person in world history to have undertaken an epic solo, unsupported run around our world - over 20,000 miles facing extreme danger, bitter Siberian winters, wolves, axmen and desolate loneliness over nearly five years.   Her book 'Just a Little Run Around the World' is an international best-seller.
Film double bill: The Penguin Runner + Celtman. In October 2013, South African scuba instructor Dave Chamberlain departed Walvis Bay, Namibia on a 2700km-unsupported run. On a liquid only diet and running with a pram containing a tent and sleeping bag amongst other things.  In Celtman Greek athlete Leuteris Paraskeuas as he tackles the beauty and challenges of this epic event comprising a 3.8km swim in Loch Shieldaig, running 42km over two Munros finishing with a 202km ride on incredible Highland roads.

SUNDAY 20.00
Speaker: Jason Lewis - Round the World by Human Power. In 2007 adventurer, author and sustainability activist Jason Lewis became the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails.  He walked, cycled and inline skated across five continents, kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans.
Film:  Valhalla is Sweetgrass Productions’ eagerly anticipated fourth ski/snowboard feature film.  The tale of one man’s search to rediscover the freedom of his youth.  Where do we find the freedom that time and wisdom stole away?  Weaving narrative-driven style with award-winning, face-melting backcountry ski and snowboard cinematography; Valhalla is a vivid explosion of color, character, snow, and nostalgic soul.

Notes to Editors:

When: 2nd - 3rd November 2013.
Where: Pavilion Arts Centre, part of Buxton Opera House, Peak District, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN.
Tickets:  Adult: £10 for 1 session (Multi-buy saver: 3 sessions for £25); Full time students & under 16s: £5 for 1 session (Multi-buy saver: 3 sessions for £12.50); Family saver session ticket (2 adults and 2 under 16s): £20.  Note: Each ticket is for a session and includes the speaker and following film programme.  Adventure Bites Loop Tickets: £4. Children & Students £2 with repeat screenings all day.

Contact: Lissa Cook - 01663 751 126 / 07818 411 791 / lissa@heason.net
Press release:  Immediate, Friday 13th September 2013
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