The Grand is delighted to once again host the annual Brit Rock film tour.
For the unacquainted, the Brit Rock Film Tour selects the best new climbing films from the UK's top adventure filmmakers. This year, the feature-length 'Climbing Blind' - the incredible story of the first blind lead of the Old Man of Hoy - headlines a stunning line-up of compelling stories from the vertical world. We are delighted to welcome filmmaker and curator of the Brit Rock Tour - Alastair Lee - who heralds from nearby Barnoldswick, to introduce the films and give a short Q and A after the films have played.
'Climbing Blind' - The incredible story of the first blind lead of the Old Man of Hoy is a documentary directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Alastair Lee, in association with Montane. It follows the story of Jesse Dufton, who 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 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 lifelong 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.
The Brit Rock Film Tour also includes Little Flame, and The Big Deal, with a third short film to be announced. Produced and directed by Paul Diffley, Little Flame features Paige Henry, a young woman suffering from PTSD and depression. She finds relief through spending time outdoors; rock climbing, wild swimming and tree climbing. Paige sets her sights on climbing her hardest route to date at Pen Trwyn on the North Wales coast. This film will remind everyone of the joy to be had in the outdoors. Produced and directed by Alastair Lee, The Big Deal is an action packed profile of one of the UK’s strongest female boulderers on rock; Frances Bensley. We follow Frances’ journey on some stunning and hard problems throughout the UK. Beautifully filmed this revealing short revels in Frances’ insightful and refreshing approach to bouldering all accompanied by her every enthusiastic and entertaining sister Alice.