A DOCUMENTARY co-produced by Knowle film-maker, Dominic Green, celebrating the life of British climbing hero Andy Parkin, has been voted ‘Best Film’ at ShAFF 2009 (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival).
Well-known among the UK climbing community, the ex St Peter’s Catholic School pupil trained at Sheffield’s Northern Media School and co-produced the film with Pip Piper of Birmingham-based Blue Hippo Media.
Dominic, who lives in Starbold Crescent when working in the Midlands and also in Sheffield with his wife and twin boys, was delighted with the accolade.
He said: “Our film was a very special collaboration between film-makers and artist enabling us to create a result that gave deeply personal insights to Andy, his life and achievements. It was a journey of discovery for both Andy and the team; the documentary evolved to create an unusual and moving film. Its appeal goes beyond the climbing and mountaineering fraternity.”
‘A Life in Adaptation’ is a documentary that creatively profiles Andy Parkin’s life and work, giving a powerful insight to the life of a remarkable man - one of the world’s finest alpine climbers.
Despite a near fatal climbing accident in 1984 - when many believed his love affair with mountains was over - Andy learned to climb again.
His painful rehabilitation involved painting and creating sculptures of the mountains that nearly claimed his life.
The ShAFF Film Competition accepts 50 films, including award winners from eight other international climbing and mountaineering film festivals. ‘A Life in Adaptation’ had received the ‘Jury’s Special Prize’ at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, earning it a place in ShAFF’s line-up.
ShAFF Judge, prominent British mountaineer and photographer, Ian Parnell,added: ‘A Life in Adaptation’ is an extraordinary film about an extraordinary person. It is poetic, moving and completely believable - a beautiful bit of film-making.”
David Fair, the film’s Balsall Common-based director, said: “Having worked in broadcast for many years, I wanted to create something very different to the typical formula for such films.
“We sought to reveal the determined character behind Andy’s rehabilitation alongside his creative triumphs.”
Co-producer Pip Piper, of Birmingham-based Blue Hippo Media, added: “We were very encouraged to be selected for ShAFF 2009. We’re absolutely delighted to have been voted ‘Best Film!”