Weekly Watchlist - Week 13 - ShAFF

While cinemas aren't able to reopen yet, the ShAFF team have been revisiting past festivals and choosing the best adventure films from around the world. We've created weekly watchlists of free online adventure films for your indoor entertainment and inspiration, and we’re posting a new film, free to view online, at 7pm every day. Watch them one by one, or save them up and screen your own virtual ShAFF session at home.

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El Cap has been climbed many times many ways, but this is the first time it’s been free climbed solo in a day. Join Pete Whittaker en route.

Anna Paxton

Rope Solo Free Climbing is a sport that few people know about and even less people do. 

We join Pete Whittaker, his long time climbing partner Tom Randall and Big wall solo climbing expert Andy Kirkpatrick as they take us through the paces of what it really means to make a solo-free ascent of El Cap. 

 “The Problem is if Pete pulled it off, nobody would even get it, nobody would understand how hard it was”… and to do it in a day, is totally insane”. - Andy Kirkpatrick 
 “The ascent made by Pete on Freerider to me is hopefully the dawn of a new style of big wall solo climbing, big wall solo climbing on El Capitan for many years was just aid climbing. Now Pete has proven that it's possible to do that free climbing, but relatively fast” - Tom Randall A BMC TV film.
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Over the course of a year, a commitment to wild swimming changes Hannah Maia’s perspective on loss and self-love. A must-see relatable film celebrating the female body.

Ruth Farrar

Fabulously well-made, witty, amusing, yet heart-rending tale of wild-swimming, personal growth, and recovery from loss in the context of pure adventure. So, so good. Surely the most lovable film in the whole festival.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

One of the stand out films of the festival. Hannah Maia shares her very personal story of learning to love her body again through cold water wild swimming. Uplifting, heartwarming, joyful!

Anna Paxton

What is spirited film with some tough subject put to an audience in a loving and funny way. It's got to be a must watch as a festival.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

"A young(ish) woman has fallen out of love with her own body. Frustrated, she wishes they didn’t have to hang out quite so much. Committed to making a change she sets herself the simple goal of swimming in open water at least once a month for a year. As she braves the elements throughout the seasons to swim in wild places she also begins to appreciate the quiet heroism of a female life and it’s body. A story about womanhood, miscarriage, healing, loving your own skin & freezing your bum off in cold water. Maybe life is indeed better when you wear a swimsuit."

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super fun, terrifying, bmx and skate movie. magnificently loud and abrasive.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

This is one of my films, saltstreetpro 🎥 Watch it then come find me to ask me anything. I will be here all weekend. ⛽👊

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Sheffield’s own Salt Street Productions took a crew of talented young urban athletes on a road trip this summer. They explored some of Britain’s biggest abandoned places to see if they could BMX, freerun, skateboard and highline at them. The first in a series of six, in this episode the crew explore Pleasure Island, an abandoned theme park at Cleethorpes.

Anna Paxton

Channel 4 commissioned up-and-coming Sheffield-based Salt Street Productions to produce a six-part series that explores some of Britain’s most interesting locations via a group of young, talented urban athletes. Travelling across the UK on a converted double decker bus freerunner Katie McDonnell, highliner Jediah Doohan, BMX rider Pete Catherall and skateboarder Calvin Ligono will breathe new life into six lost locations as they physically explore each space through their chosen sport.

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After this winter I'm not sure you going to want to see more snowy shots but here they are from the winter before and Sheffields own house

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

The wonderfully warm Scottish voiceover of this film whisks you away on a winter climbing adventure to Scotland. A feel-good cinematic celebration of friendships formed on expeditions. While Rab's American athletes are awe-inspiring, the real star of the film is without a doubt mountaineering legend Myrtle Simpson.

Ruth Farrar

Classy Scottish climbing documentary. Includes she very nice Bothy action.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

From the climbers and skiers who live for Scottish winter to the musicians and craftspeople who make their living in the highlands, so much of our inspiration still comes from the mountains of Scotland. 

 With the Rab family now extending far beyond these isles, in January 2017 we invited athletes and staff from our US Team to come and experience Scottish winter with us. 

This film, produced by Coldhouse Collective, catalogues their journey through the country as they discover that the weather is just as fickle, the people just as welcoming and the climbing just as demanding as they'd always heard.

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This is probably THE climbing film you want to see at this year's SHAFF. Very well made, with some top notch characters, and climbing move you have to see to believe. Recommended.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Exhilarating and empowering. Turbo-charged inspiration courtesy of climber Margo Hayes smashing boundaries in the climbing world. Go Margo!

Ruth Farrar

Nobody thought women could climb 5.15... then came Margot Hayes. This film is a celebration of her achievement, and a reminder never to accept barriers imposed by yourself or anyone else. Super inspiring!

Anna Paxton

Girl power to the max what an incredible woman. A great feel good film get the whole family inspired and Discover they are no such thing as boundaries.

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. To be closer to the world’s hardest routes, she has moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the goal of succeeding on two of the most iconic 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and failure in her quest to be the first.

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