Film Festival of the Outdoors 2021

We have a great line up of films for this year's Film Festival of the Outdoors 2021 #FOTO2021

A festival showcasing the great outdoors and activities from cycling to rock climbing, as well as environmental issues.



CLIMBING BLIND

Documentary | 101m | 12A | Directed by Alastair Lee | Starring Jesse Dufton, Neil Gresham, Leo Houlding, Pete Whittaker, Molly Thompson

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The multi-award-winning documentary covering the incredible story of the first blind lead of the Old Man of Hoy.

Jesse Dufton was born with 20% central vision. At four years of age Jesse was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa: a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retinas' cells. At aged 20 Jesse could no longer read, by the time he was 30 his vision was reduced to just light perception with around 1 or 2 % field of view.

As a life long climber, Jesse flies in the face of adversity training for world cup events and leading traditional rock climbs with his sight guide and fiancee Molly. As his sight degenerates his climbing continues to make remarkable progress. Despite his devastating condition Jesse only takes on bigger challenges by attempting to be the first blind person to make a 'non-sight' lead of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland.

This engrossing documentary will make you laugh and cry as it delivers not just a truly gripping climbing story but a tale of human endeavor and attitude the world can take inspiration from. Includes cameo appearances from the likes of Neil Gresham, Leo Houlding, and Pete Whittaker.
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PHIL LIGGETT: THE VOICE OF CYCLING

Documentary | 138m | 12A | Directed by Eleanor Sharpe | Starring Ned Boulting, Joel Felicio, Matt Keenan

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A former amateur racer turned professional commentator, Phil Liggett has covered forty-seven Tours de France and fifteen Olympic Games. He made Australians stay up all night glued to the television. He has seen the giants of cycling come and go and he has outlasted them all.

He has called every triumph, tragedy and scandal in the sport for half a century. Astonishingly poetic and whimsical, Phil’s flights of rhetorical brilliance on the microphone are the stuff of legend and are globally known as “Liggettisms”. Has anyone ever described the pain of the uphill climb, or the chaos of the sprint to the line with such grace or style? Phil Liggett has shaped the way the world sees cycling, and his name has become synonymous with the sport. Phil has no plans to retire and has found a new and urgent vocation saving endangered rhinos from poachers – but can this ever replace the thrill of calling the big races? But, like the Tour Down Under, that new passion is going to bring him back to South Australia. AFF regulars Eleanor Sharpe and Nickolas Bird who previously brought us the cycling masterwork Mamil in 2017, now they pose the question:
How much longer can Phil continue to be the voice of cycling?

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GROUNDSWELL

Doucmentary | 100m | PG | Directed by Johnny Gogan | Starring Nuala McNulty, Eddie Mitchell, Sandra Steingraber, Mark Ruffalo

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An Irish border community is faced with the prospect of "fracking" and must overcome marginalization, the UK and Irish governments' pro-fossil-fuel stance, and a recent history of communal violence if it is to prevail.
“A lesson to communities and campaigners there and everywhere else to stay vigilant.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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LAND

Drama | 109m | 12A | Directed by Robin Wright | Starring Robin Wright, Kim Dickens, Demián Bichir, Warren Christie, Brad Leland, Bud Klasky, Jordan Bullchild

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From acclaimed actress Robin Wright comes her directorial debut LAND, the poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American wilderness. Edee (Wright), in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter (Demián Bichir) brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.

Wright directs and stars in the film written by Jesse Chatham and Erin Digman. Co-starring with Wright is Oscar and ALMA nominee Demián Bichir. Joining them in the cast is Kim Dickens. Land is produced by Allyn Stewart, Lora Kennedy, Leah Holzer, and Peter Saraf. Wright is an executive produce alongside Big Beach’s Marc Turletaub, John Sloss & Steve Farneth of Cinetic Media with Nomadic Pictures’ Chad Oakes & Mike Frislev and Eddie Rubin.

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