BRIT ROCK 2019: CLIMBING BLIND PREMIER DATE SET
The Brit Rock Film Tour has a well-deserved reputation as being the sounding board for all the best new climbing films from the UK’s top adventure filmmakers, featuring some of the country’s most popular climbers. Montane have teamed up with Brit Rock to sponsor this years’ tour, building its pedigree by also supporting the headline film – part of a stunning line up of compelling stories from the vertical world.
It is its strongest programme to date, and premiers in Sheffield on 24 October.
The climbing film set for as big an impact as its story. A 60 mins documentary directed and produced by Alastair Lee, in association with Montane. 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. A life long climber, Jesse can more than hold his own, both lead-climbing classic routes that would challenge fully sighted climbers with his sight guide and fiancee Molly, to competing in world cup events (4th in 2019). As his sight degenerates his climbing continues to make remarkable progress. Despite his 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.
HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN BRIT ROCK FILM EVENING
Hosting a screening 2018 saw over 60 screenings booked. Putting on a show is easy. All you need is to choose a date to suit you that’s after 24 October, find a suitable venue (with seating, projection, and sound equipment), you pay a licence fee, promote and sell tickets, then get ready to rock the crowd with the amazing line-up of Brit Rock films. Typical venues include climbing walls, outdoor retailers, community halls and theatres a well as mountaineering clubs, fundraising events, as well as students unions. Most grassroots locations linked with the outdoor world can work as well as traditional cinemas. They’ll supply you with the master files/discs to play the films as well as provide stunning high resolution artwork to help you promote your event. Local sponsors are a great way to help cover the licence fee, as long as they don’t clash with our lead sponsors.