A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to present the Derbyshire Young Adventurer’s Awards as part of the Buxton Adventure Festival, and as part of my duties I introduced a series of short films. They’re all great and I thought they deserved to be shared to as many people as possible, so every day this week I’ll be doing just that.
Each film has some magic to it. From the effort it takes to capture and edit even short films to the skill, creativity and sometimes majesty of the subject(s), each one of these did what a good film should do: transports the viewer to a different place.
First up we have Light Line by Jean-Baptiste Chandelier. Graceful and gorgeously shot, this will redefine whatever you previously thought about paragliding and will make you realise that perhaps we’re not so far from being able to fly.
If you haven’t seen Sean Conway on the news this week you’ve probably had your head in a hole.
On Monday afternoon at six minutes past midday he pulled himself out of the water in John O’Groats, Scotland, to become the first man to swim the length of Britain. Not an experienced swimmer, Sean had been in the sea for 135 days (over four months) battling jellyfish, exhaustion, weight loss, cold water and rough weather.
A few days before he set off from Lands End in Cornwall Sean and I caught up and made a video about our friendly swimming rivalry (see below). In actual fact, there’s no rivalry at all, apart from the fact he’s way better at growing beards than me. Sean has been a good friend for a while and that, coupled with the utmost respect and understanding for what he’d been going through these past few months, I wanted to go and see him before the journey was up.
So, armed with a window of less than two days to go between engagements in Buxton in the Peak District and Bristol, I decided to see if I could make it to Northern Scotland to deliver a much needed hug to my buddy and his valiant support crew, which included Em Bell, who starred on my own swimming support team on the Missouri last year.
So, without further ado, here’s little film I made about finding Sean.
My favourite interaction of the week.
Man hands Sean a newspaper to sign, which he does. ‘Have you had much coverage like this?’ asks the man.
'A bit,' replies Sean, 'although BBC Scotland decided not to do a story on us because a panda had a baby.'
'Ah,' hummed the man, 'that's a miscarriage of justice.'
So, a massive thanks to Glen the taxi driver from Thurso (who also observed when we drove past Doonreay Nuclear Power Station that after swims past he’ll be able to read the newspaper at night without lights). Ros from the Royal Hotel in Thurso for your help! Casey at St Andrews University for allowing me to come and speak to you and pay for half the travel costs!