WideBoyz has won the Best Climbing Film at this weekend's Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March) with both the longer 48 minute British feature film and the shorter 13 minute American edit sharing the top prize. Andy Kirkpatrick's daughter Ella's film My Life: The Big Climb (Alleycat Films) scooped the Silver award with the Bronze going to Honnold 3.0.
Tom Randall on Century Crack in Wide Boyz. Photo: Alex Ekins
Film Producer Paul Diffley said: "I'm thrilled that the film has won an award in the home town of the Wide Boyz. I think it's great to know the some boys from the Peak can burn off the whole of America!"
BEST CLIMBING FILM
Best Climbing Film (Gold): Wide Boyz (both long and short edits)
It's like ultimate fighting with a rock. The world of offwidth crack climbing is a strange sub-culture rumoured to be dominated by knuckle-dragging, bar-brawling dirt-bags! The climbing is tough, painful and bloody and there are hardly any routes in the UK. Undeterred, two British climbers, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, complete a brutal two-year training regime (mostly spent hanging upside down in their Sheffield basement) before embarking on an audacious tour of the USA and a first ascent of the world's hardest off-width - Century Crack.
Best Climbing Film (Silver): My Life: The Big Climb
13 year old Ella becomes the youngest ever girl to summit the big wall of Yosemite's El Capitan with her "smelly, snoring", dad, Sheffield climber Andy Kirkpatrick, in tow. Imagine doing 1,000 pull-ups a day for four days without enough food or sleep. Director: Des Henderson (AlleyCat Films)
Best Climbing Film (Bronze): Honnold 3.0
When Alex Honnold made the first free solo of the 2,000ft Half Dome with no rope he became an overnight sensation. Off the rock Alex is shy and self-effacing. A fascinating portrait of how one of the world's most naturally talented climbers deals with the pressure of becoming a public commodity and the weight of expectation of constantly pushing the boundaries.Directed By: Peter Mortimer, Josh Lowell
The Sheffield Adventure film Festival takes place this weekend 1-3 March at the Showroom in Sheffield - more information