They’re short, they’re sharp and they’re sure to shock: nine of the most extreme, high-adrenaline films from the latest Banff Mountain Festival will light up the silver screen at The Arts Centre this November, when the ‘Radical Reels’ Tour rolls across the country.
Designed to keep audiences on the edges of their seats, the films feature daring footage of some of the most accomplished climbers, paddlers, BASE jumpers, skiers, snowboarders and mountain-bike riders alive today. Each action-packed short has been hand-picked from more than 300 entries to the most recent Banff Mountain Festival (the largest and most prestigious mountain-adventure, -culture and -exploration festival in the world).
The Radical Reels Tour is the Banff Mountain Festival’s fast-paced, furious little brother. This year, the Australian line-up showcases two-and-a-half hours of heart-stopping action. Filled with wild rides, long lines, steep jumps, and skilful stunts, these films celebrate the camaraderie, courage and conviction of today’s most out-there adventurers.
Captivating cinematography, complete with stunning vistas shot from unbelievable vantage points, pays homage to the wild and rugged playgrounds today’s thrill-seekers explore with their mountain bikes, paddles, ropes, skis, snowboards and wingsuits in tow.
Filmmakers from France, Canada and the US have created a series of adrenaline-pumping shorts ranging from 4 to 27 minutes long. Meet Arnaud Longobardi, thought to be the first person to fly directly into the cabin of a moving cable car, 150m above the French Alps. Or how about 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner? The impressive pair tackle one of the largest caves in Europe, Hanshelleren in Norway, a sprawling granite cathedral with 260 feet of overhanging climbing capped by a 160-foot headwall.
Whether you’re into skiing in the Swiss Alps, kayaking deep in Papua New Guinea, bike riding in Spain, or mountain biking through the Caucasus Mountains, ‘Radical Reels’ is sure to pack a punch.
Catch ‘Radical Reels’ when it hits the Arts Centre Gold Coast Cinema on 22 November. Tickets at radicalreels.com.au.
IMAGE (c) Bruno Long