A session of short films (see running order below) exploring encounters with wild places (and things) followed, after the break, by an afternoon with wildlife photographer and cameraman Peter Cairns. As part of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, Peter and many of Scotland’s other top photographers and camera operators have spent years capturing the beauty of the country’s landscape and its wild inhabitants. In a spellbinding presentation, Peter uses this stunning imagery to outline a bold new vision for a wilder Scotland.
We are delighted that this presentation also serves as the official south of Scotland book launch of the recently-published SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey. Produced by SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, this landmark conservation book is a rallying call for a wilder Scotland – a place where nature works as it should, where wildlife flourishes and where people prosper. Peter Cairns will be available to sign copies and chat more about the book following his presentation.
This is the Northland, 10.31’, Dir Ted Simpson, UK
A personal and evocative film that tells the story of a remarkably atmospheric location on the Northwestern coast of Scotland – the remote Sandwood Bay, just south of Cape Wrath.
Bruhwiler Country, 7.02’, Dir Keith Malloy, Canada
Pro surfer Raph Bruhwiler cut his teeth in the woods and waves of Vancouver Island. Today, he teaches his love of the wild to his kids who are more than eager to learn more.
Dave Macleod: The 24/8, 15.27’, Dir Kevin Woods, UK
Established by Dave MacLeod in 2018, the ’24/8′ might be one of the hardest all-round climbing challenges around: an 8A boulder, 8a sport route, E8 trad route, VIII, 8 winter route and 8 Munros – all in under 24 hours.
S’Abandonner au Sauvage (Surrender yourself to the wild), 6.05’, Dir Lionel Prado, France
Two adventurers travel through the Yukon, and on through Alaska, to explore the Great North and find a grizzly bear.
The UK in 100 seconds, 2’, Dir Dan Ravel-Ellison, UK
See the UK as it really is – 100 seconds, with each second representing a percentage of the different land uses of the UK. Can we make more space for nature?
POFF: Riding LifeDate: 27/01/2019Time: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pmPrice: £15, £8, £20 adult plus child Short films followed by mountain bike legend Hans Rey talking about his incredible career and continuing influence.
POFF: Making WavesDate: 25/01/2019Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pmPrice: £15, £8 under 15, £20 adult plus child Short films followed by ocean explorer Cal Major who paddle boarded from Land's End to John O'Groats to highlight the issue of plastic pollution.
POFF: Cold ComfortsDate: 26/01/2019Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pmPrice: £15, £8 under 15, £20 adult plus child Short films followed by an evening with Calum Maclean - a man with a passion for freezing cold water and wild Scottish landscapes.
POFF: Ride On (and on)Date: 25/01/2019Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmPrice: £8, £4 under 15, £10 adult plus child Naomi Freireich traces her journey from non-cyclist to elite endurance athlete - British and European 24hr Mountain Bike Champion,
POFF: Life & Sporadic DigressionsDate: 26/01/2019Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmPrice: £8, £4 under 15, £10 adult plus child Flanked by Haggis the dog, come hear BAFTA-nominated filmmaker, climber and adventurer Jen Crook tell some extraordinary tales!
POFF: Highland Love AffairDate: 27/01/2019Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmPrice: £8, £4 under 15, £10 adult plus child Local author Jack Harland tells of his journey from wide-eyed hill walking novice to competent mountaineer.