Filmography

Alastair Lee

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    The Big Deal Vod

    The Big Deal

    Alastair Lee (2019)

    An action-packed profile of one of the UK’s strongest female boulderers on rock; Frances Bensley. As a relative newcomer to rock we charter Frances’ 12-month journey on some stunning and increasingly hard problems throughout the UK as she makes an extraordinary rise to a world-class level. Beautifully filmed, this featurette revels in Frances’ refreshing approach to bouldering all accompanied by her every enthusiastic and entertaining sister Alice. The film is part of the 2019 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    UK / 12 min

    The Big Deal

    Alastair Lee

    • 2019
    • UK
    • 12 min
    An action-packed profile of one of the UK’s strongest female boulderers on rock; Frances Bensley. As a relative newcomer to rock we charter Frances’ 12-month journey on some stunning and increasingly hard problems throughout the UK as she makes an extraordinary rise to a world-class level. Beautifully filmed, this featurette revels in Frances’ refreshing approach to bouldering all accompanied by her every enthusiastic and entertaining sister Alice. The film is part of the 2019 Brit Rock Film Tour.

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    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Climbing blind Vod

    Climbing blind

    Alastair Lee (2020)

    Full feature version of the 2019 Brit Rock Film Tour film 'Climbing Blind'. Jesse Dufton was born with a 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 age 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 life long 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.

    UK / 70 min

    Climbing blind

    Alastair Lee

    • 2020
    • UK
    • 70 min
    Full feature version of the 2019 Brit Rock Film Tour film 'Climbing Blind'. Jesse Dufton was born with a 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 age 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 life long 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.

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    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Spectre Expedition - To the End of the Earth Vod

    Spectre Expedition - To the End of the Earth

    Alastair Lee (2018)

    How about attempting the second summit of the most remote mountain on Earth? The plan, by design, is ambitious; it requires kite skiing almost 2,000 kilometers round trip, towing gear on sleds, just to reach the highly technical peak, known, menacingly, as The Spectre. The three expedition members battle logistics, distance, wind and no-wind, frostbite, crevasses, and wrong turns. 'Who’d have thought I’d actually get here one day?' says expedition leader Leo Houlding, as the team closes in on the objective. He can be forgiven for scarcely believing where he finds himself. Who else could ever claim that 'We are the most remote people on Planet Earth right now'?

    UK / 49 min

    Spectre Expedition - To the End of the Earth

    Alastair Lee, Leo Houlding

    • 2018
    • UK
    • 49 min
    How about attempting the second summit of the most remote mountain on Earth? The plan, by design, is ambitious; it requires kite skiing almost 2,000 kilometers round trip, towing gear on sleds, just to reach the highly technical peak, known, menacingly, as The Spectre. The three expedition members battle logistics, distance, wind and no-wind, frostbite, crevasses, and wrong turns. 'Who’d have thought I’d actually get here one day?' says expedition leader Leo Houlding, as the team closes in on the objective. He can be forgiven for scarcely believing where he finds himself. Who else could ever claim that 'We are the most remote people on Planet Earth right now'?

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    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Making Of

    Shooting the Moon

    Alastair Lee (2018)

    The making of the film 'Blood Moon'. A glimpse of big wall filming behind the lens in this intimate selection of video diary cuts from Alastair Lee as he battles his own demons and fears to get the film made. Blood Moon shows how Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story... that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries.

    UK / 24 min

    Shooting the Moon

    Alastair Lee

    • 2018
    • UK
    • 24 min
    The making of the film 'Blood Moon'. A glimpse of big wall filming behind the lens in this intimate selection of video diary cuts from Alastair Lee as he battles his own demons and fears to get the film made. Blood Moon shows how Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story... that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries.

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    Watch Free
  • Documentary / Portrait

    Just Anna Vod

    Just Anna

    Alastair Lee (2018)

    In an era where searching out and developing new routes seems out of vogue: all is not lost as we meet Anna Taylor. This remarkable Lakes-based 20 year old is bucking all the tends with stunning new sport routes and bold traditional lines. Anna unearths a stunning unclimbed line which proves to be a personal step up in terms of difficulty and boldness. The film follows all the challenges and difficulties with Anna on her journey to make the first ascent of the line, however all does not go to plan as the word gets out about the line. The film is part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    UK / 13 min

    Just Anna

    Alastair Lee

    • 2018
    • UK
    • 13 min
    In an era where searching out and developing new routes seems out of vogue: all is not lost as we meet Anna Taylor. This remarkable Lakes-based 20 year old is bucking all the tends with stunning new sport routes and bold traditional lines. Anna unearths a stunning unclimbed line which proves to be a personal step up in terms of difficulty and boldness. The film follows all the challenges and difficulties with Anna on her journey to make the first ascent of the line, however all does not go to plan as the word gets out about the line. The film is part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    Climbing locations

    Availability

    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Climbing blind - Brit Rock Vod

    Climbing blind - Brit Rock

    Alastair Lee (2019)

    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. As a life long 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.

    UK / 57 min

    Climbing blind - Brit Rock

    Alastair Lee

    • 2019
    • UK
    • 57 min
    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. As a life long 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.

    Climbing locations

    Availability

    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Brazilian Line - Brit Rock Vod

    Brazilian Line - Brit Rock

    Alastair Lee (2018)

    A maverick bunch of Brits go big wall hunting in Brazil. Lead by pioneering legend Mike ‘Twid’ Turner accompanied by Steve Long who invite some youth on the trip in the form of the super strong James Taylor and Angus Kille (just climbed Indian Face!). The team head for the giant monolith of Pedra Baiana dreaming of a new line on perfect rock. From the outset the plan begins to unravel with fuel blockages, wasp attacks, a shortage of equipment and time all pinning back progress in this spectacular, insightful and charming film. This version of the film, 30 minutes shorter, was part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    UK / 20 min

    Brazilian Line - Brit Rock

    Alastair Lee, Rob Johnson

    • 2018
    • UK
    • 20 min
    A maverick bunch of Brits go big wall hunting in Brazil. Lead by pioneering legend Mike ‘Twid’ Turner accompanied by Steve Long who invite some youth on the trip in the form of the super strong James Taylor and Angus Kille (just climbed Indian Face!). The team head for the giant monolith of Pedra Baiana dreaming of a new line on perfect rock. From the outset the plan begins to unravel with fuel blockages, wasp attacks, a shortage of equipment and time all pinning back progress in this spectacular, insightful and charming film. This version of the film, 30 minutes shorter, was part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

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    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Brazilian Line Vod

    Brazilian Line

    Rob Johnson (2018)

    A maverick bunch of Brits go big wall hunting in Brazil. Lead by pioneering legend Mike ‘Twid’ Turner accompanied by Steve Long who invite some youth on the trip in the form of the super-strong James Taylor and Angus Kille (just climbed Indian Face!). The team head for the giant monolith of Pedra Baiana dreaming of a new line on perfect rock. From the outset, the plan begins to unravel with fuel blockages, wasp attacks, a shortage of equipment and time all pinning back progress in this spectacular, insightful and charming film. A shorter version of the film was part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    UK / 49 min

    Brazilian Line

    Rob Johnson, Alastair Lee

    • 2018
    • UK
    • 49 min
    A maverick bunch of Brits go big wall hunting in Brazil. Lead by pioneering legend Mike ‘Twid’ Turner accompanied by Steve Long who invite some youth on the trip in the form of the super-strong James Taylor and Angus Kille (just climbed Indian Face!). The team head for the giant monolith of Pedra Baiana dreaming of a new line on perfect rock. From the outset, the plan begins to unravel with fuel blockages, wasp attacks, a shortage of equipment and time all pinning back progress in this spectacular, insightful and charming film. A shorter version of the film was part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    Climbing locations

    Availability

    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Blood Moon - Brit Rock Vod

    Blood Moon - Brit Rock

    Alastair Lee (2018)

    Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story... that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries. Once the free climbing begins disaster strikes, Alan takes a bad fall shattering his lower right leg, an epic ordeal unfolds to get Alan from the remote big wall to safety. Then, Robbie and Calum must decide whether to continue with their push or give in to their emotions. This version of the film, 10 minutes shorter, was part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    UK / 35 min

    Blood Moon - Brit Rock

    Alastair Lee

    • 2018
    • UK
    • 35 min
    Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story... that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries. Once the free climbing begins disaster strikes, Alan takes a bad fall shattering his lower right leg, an epic ordeal unfolds to get Alan from the remote big wall to safety. Then, Robbie and Calum must decide whether to continue with their push or give in to their emotions. This version of the film, 10 minutes shorter, was part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    Climbing locations

    Availability

    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Blood Moon Vod

    Blood Moon

    Alastair Lee (2018)

    Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story... that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries. Once the free climbing begins disaster strikes, Alan takes a bad fall shattering his lower right leg, an epic ordeal unfolds to get Alan from the remote big wall to safety. Then, Robbie and Calum must decide whether to continue with their push or give in to their emotions. A shorter version of the film was part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    UK / 45 min

    Blood Moon

    Alastair Lee

    • 2018
    • UK
    • 45 min
    Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne attempt to open a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall called Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved as if by providential hand, and the story... that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries. Once the free climbing begins disaster strikes, Alan takes a bad fall shattering his lower right leg, an epic ordeal unfolds to get Alan from the remote big wall to safety. Then, Robbie and Calum must decide whether to continue with their push or give in to their emotions. A shorter version of the film was part of the 2018 Brit Rock Film Tour.

    Climbing locations

    Availability

    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Making Of

    Citadel - Behind the scenes with film maker Al Lee Vod

    Citadel - Behind the scenes with film maker Al Lee

    Alastair Lee (2015)

    Making of 'Citadel'. Dubbed ‘The Mountain God’, the 'Citadel' is a stunning 3000m peak in one of the remaining untouched corners of the Great Alaskan Range: The Neacola Mountains. Due to their typically poor conditions and remote location are largely unexplored. Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey are one the UK's most formidable partnerships in alpine climbing with many world class ascents to their names from the UK to the Alps and the greater ranges. Their objective is to make the first ascent of the extraordinary 1200m long north-west ridge.

    UK / 13 min

    Citadel - Behind the scenes with film maker Al Lee

    Alastair Lee

    • 2015
    • UK
    • 13 min
    Making of 'Citadel'. Dubbed ‘The Mountain God’, the 'Citadel' is a stunning 3000m peak in one of the remaining untouched corners of the Great Alaskan Range: The Neacola Mountains. Due to their typically poor conditions and remote location are largely unexplored. Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey are one the UK's most formidable partnerships in alpine climbing with many world class ascents to their names from the UK to the Alps and the greater ranges. Their objective is to make the first ascent of the extraordinary 1200m long north-west ridge.

    Climbing locations

    Availability

    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Blocheads Vod

    Blocheads

    Alastair Lee (2016)

    A story of adventure, rocky passions and mutant fingers. It’s the story of a search for bouldering gold. In following the fearsomely strong Blocheads – as they quest for new lines and push the limits of human ability – we delve into bouldering’s murky past. Once it was just a bit of fun outside the climbing hut. Now it’s ‘a thing’. From the first recorded bouldering in the 19th century, through to the rise of this discipline as a sport. 'Blocheads' includes numerous first ascents, off-the-scale gnarly moves and hair-raising highballs.

    UK / 59 min

    Blocheads

    Alastair Lee

    • 2016
    • UK
    • 59 min
    A story of adventure, rocky passions and mutant fingers. It’s the story of a search for bouldering gold. In following the fearsomely strong Blocheads – as they quest for new lines and push the limits of human ability – we delve into bouldering’s murky past. Once it was just a bit of fun outside the climbing hut. Now it’s ‘a thing’. From the first recorded bouldering in the 19th century, through to the rise of this discipline as a sport. 'Blocheads' includes numerous first ascents, off-the-scale gnarly moves and hair-raising highballs.

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    Availability

    DVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand

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