Filmography

Brian Hall

14 films

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    5 Climbs, 5 islands DVD

    5 Climbs, 5 islands

    Richard Else (2010)

    As part of the preparation for the BBC Scotland’s hugely successful Great Climbs live outside broadcast, Dave MacLeod and Tim Emmett came up with the ultimate climbing challenge - five new routes of E6 and above in five days on five different Scottish islands. The idea behind this film was as a backup to be shown on the television in case the Great Climb was unable to go ahead. Tides, weather, fatigue and the sheer difficulty of the routes were all against them, but our plucky lads were, of course, up to the task!

    UK / 120 min

    5 Climbs, 5 islands

    Richard Else

    • 2010
    • UK
    • 120 min
    As part of the preparation for the BBC Scotland’s hugely successful Great Climbs live outside broadcast, Dave MacLeod and Tim Emmett came up with the ultimate climbing challenge - five new routes of E6 and above in five days on five different Scottish islands. The idea behind this film was as a backup to be shown on the television in case the Great Climb was unable to go ahead. Tides, weather, fatigue and the sheer difficulty of the routes were all against them, but our plucky lads were, of course, up to the task!

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  • Docudrama / Recreation

    The Bat DVD

    The Bat

    Jim Curran (1978)

    This award winning film tells the story of an epic first ascent by Robin Smith and Dougal Haston on Ben Nevis in 1959. The film is a re-enactment shot in a memorable week in 1978, when Rab Carrington played the part of Robin Smith and Brian Hall played Dougal Haston; Paul Nunn was safety officer. A cult classic based on Smith's famous tale 'The Bat & The Wicked' and interwoven with extracts from Hastons's autobiography 'In High Places', the narration gives a rare insight into the competitive world of extreme rock climbing. The Bat is an evocative tribute to two of Scotland's greatest climbers.

    UK / 28 min

    The Bat

    Jim Curran, Tony Riley

    • 1978
    • UK
    • 28 min
    This award winning film tells the story of an epic first ascent by Robin Smith and Dougal Haston on Ben Nevis in 1959. The film is a re-enactment shot in a memorable week in 1978, when Rab Carrington played the part of Robin Smith and Brian Hall played Dougal Haston; Paul Nunn was safety officer. A cult classic based on Smith's famous tale 'The Bat & The Wicked' and interwoven with extracts from Hastons's autobiography 'In High Places', the narration gives a rare insight into the competitive world of extreme rock climbing. The Bat is an evocative tribute to two of Scotland's greatest climbers.

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  • Documentary / Live Broadcast

    The great climb DVD

    The great climb

    Ian Russell (2010)

    Tim Emmett and Dave MacLeod attempted a new route on Sron Uladail in Harris in august 2010. They did it live on TV on BBC Scotland - the result? Over five hours of nail-biting television, a new E9 7b and a race against time to finish before the broadcast's scheduled end - the DVD set includes the Director's cut with a load of previously unseen and unheard material. The Great Climb was the BBC's first live climbing outside broadcast since 1967 featured ascents of 'the Old Man of Hoy' where three pairs of climbers: Bonington and Patey repeated their original route, whilst two new lines were climbed, by Joe Brown and Ian McNaught-Davis, and by Pete Crew and Dougal Haston the original was watched by around 15 million people.

    UK / 325 min

    The great climb

    Ian Russell

    • 2010
    • UK
    • 325 min
    Tim Emmett and Dave MacLeod attempted a new route on Sron Uladail in Harris in august 2010. They did it live on TV on BBC Scotland - the result? Over five hours of nail-biting television, a new E9 7b and a race against time to finish before the broadcast's scheduled end - the DVD set includes the Director's cut with a load of previously unseen and unheard material. The Great Climb was the BBC's first live climbing outside broadcast since 1967 featured ascents of 'the Old Man of Hoy' where three pairs of climbers: Bonington and Patey repeated their original route, whilst two new lines were climbed, by Joe Brown and Ian McNaught-Davis, and by Pete Crew and Dougal Haston the original was watched by around 15 million people.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Bonington - Mountaineer Vod

    Bonington - Mountaineer

    Keith Partridge (2017)

    The film retraces the life of one of the world’s best-known mountaineers, Sir Chris Bonington, from his rock climbing days in the UK to visionary ascents on the peaks of the Himalayas. Stories of friendship, love, risk and loss run deep through this intimate journey of one man’s dream. The drive for exploration is echoed in the first British ascent of the north wall of the Eiger, new routes on Mont Blanc and the ascent of ‘The Old Man of Hoy’, along with the virgin summits of Annapurna 2, Nuptse, The Ogre and the Central Tower of Paine.

    UK / 79 min

    Bonington - Mountaineer

    Keith Partridge, Brian Hall

    • 2017
    • UK
    • 79 min
    The film retraces the life of one of the world’s best-known mountaineers, Sir Chris Bonington, from his rock climbing days in the UK to visionary ascents on the peaks of the Himalayas. Stories of friendship, love, risk and loss run deep through this intimate journey of one man’s dream. The drive for exploration is echoed in the first British ascent of the north wall of the Eiger, new routes on Mont Blanc and the ascent of ‘The Old Man of Hoy’, along with the virgin summits of Annapurna 2, Nuptse, The Ogre and the Central Tower of Paine.

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  • Docudrama / Chronicle

    The summit

    Nick Ryan (2012)

    K2 is the second-highest peak in the world but is renowned as the most dangerous -- and revered by mountaineers as their ultimate challenge. In August 2008, 18 climbers reached the summit of K2. Forty-eight hours later, 11 people were dead. What happened on that fateful day has never been fully resolved. Utilizing found footage, realistic reenactments, and interviews with survivors, The Summit zigzags back and forth in time, interweaving multiple narrative threads and piecing together events that took place that day—one of the deadliest in mountain-climbing history. With the help of breath-taking cinematography, director Nick Ryan creates a tension-filled, experiential film that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

    USA, UK, Switzerland, Ireland / 95 min

    The summit

    Nick Ryan

    • 2012
    • USA, UK, Switzerland, Ireland
    • 95 min
    K2 is the second-highest peak in the world but is renowned as the most dangerous -- and revered by mountaineers as their ultimate challenge. In August 2008, 18 climbers reached the summit of K2. Forty-eight hours later, 11 people were dead. What happened on that fateful day has never been fully resolved. Utilizing found footage, realistic reenactments, and interviews with survivors, The Summit zigzags back and forth in time, interweaving multiple narrative threads and piecing together events that took place that day—one of the deadliest in mountain-climbing history. With the help of breath-taking cinematography, director Nick Ryan creates a tension-filled, experiential film that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    The games climbers play...

    The games climbers play...

    Richard Else (1992)

    Fifht episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode contrasts the traditions of climbers in Britain and on the continent of Europe, the former developing a technique of free climbing and the latter employing aids such as spanners, bolts and drills to climb routes that would otherwise be inaccessible. The program includes old footage of the 1946 film by Alain Pol 'L'appel des cimes' and of a young Joe Brown climbing in Snowdonia in 1957 in a program of the BBC 'Eye to eye' series.

    UK / 30 min

    The games climbers play...

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Fifht episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode contrasts the traditions of climbers in Britain and on the continent of Europe, the former developing a technique of free climbing and the latter employing aids such as spanners, bolts and drills to climb routes that would otherwise be inaccessible. The program includes old footage of the 1946 film by Alain Pol 'L'appel des cimes' and of a young Joe Brown climbing in Snowdonia in 1957 in a program of the BBC 'Eye to eye' series.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Old game... New rules

    Old game... New rules

    Richard Else (1992)

    Sixth and last episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode tells how climbing appears to have changed radically during the last ten years - from sport into a spectacle. But Chris Bonington argues is that, whatever it is, climbing has always been about new challenges... The program reviews outstanding ascents by French top climbers like Christophe Profit, Eric Escoffier, and Jean-Marc Boivin.

    UK / 30 min

    Old game... New rules

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Sixth and last episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This episode tells how climbing appears to have changed radically during the last ten years - from sport into a spectacle. But Chris Bonington argues is that, whatever it is, climbing has always been about new challenges... The program reviews outstanding ascents by French top climbers like Christophe Profit, Eric Escoffier, and Jean-Marc Boivin.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    Barry Reynolds (1988)

    Chris Bonington and Jim Curran trace the history of K2 expeditions from 1903 to the disastrous loss of life in the summer of 1986, when 13 climbers died on K2, climbing tragedies that aggressively carved the epithet the 'savage mountain' into the public consciousness. Jim Curran was hired by the British 'Fuller’s K2' team to document their attempt on the unclimbed NW Ridge, so he was at the mountain, all summer. Inevitably, his documentary ended up drifting into a gripping narrative from the front line of the disastrous and tragic summer that killed 13 climbers on K2.

    UK / 50 min

    K2 - Triumph and tragedy on the savage mountain

    Barry Reynolds, Allen Jewhurst

    • 1988
    • UK
    • 50 min
    Chris Bonington and Jim Curran trace the history of K2 expeditions from 1903 to the disastrous loss of life in the summer of 1986, when 13 climbers died on K2, climbing tragedies that aggressively carved the epithet the 'savage mountain' into the public consciousness. Jim Curran was hired by the British 'Fuller’s K2' team to document their attempt on the unclimbed NW Ridge, so he was at the mountain, all summer. Inevitably, his documentary ended up drifting into a gripping narrative from the front line of the disastrous and tragic summer that killed 13 climbers on K2.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Balance of risk

    Brian Hall (2004)

    A moving story of determination and unwillingness to give up to adversity. Jamie Andrew, a severely disabled climber attempts to climb Yir (VS) on the cliffs of Ardnamurchan in Scotland. In the winter of 1999 Jamie Andrew and Jamie Fisher were unexpectedly caught by a ferocious storm high on the North Face of the Droites in the French Alps.  They were stuck for 8 days and tragically Fisher died whilst Andrew suffered horrendous frostbite, which resulted in quadruple amputation.

    UK / 9 min

    Balance of risk

    Brian Hall

    • 2004
    • UK
    • 9 min
    A moving story of determination and unwillingness to give up to adversity. Jamie Andrew, a severely disabled climber attempts to climb Yir (VS) on the cliffs of Ardnamurchan in Scotland. In the winter of 1999 Jamie Andrew and Jamie Fisher were unexpectedly caught by a ferocious storm high on the North Face of the Droites in the French Alps.  They were stuck for 8 days and tragically Fisher died whilst Andrew suffered horrendous frostbite, which resulted in quadruple amputation.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Richard Else (1992)

    Third episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This program focuses on three outstanding postwar climbers: the Italian Walter Bonatti, the Frenchman Rene Desmaison, and the presenter of the series, Chris Bonington. The episode covers the years following the second world war, described as an era as exciting as the first Victorian golden age of alpinism.

    UK / 30 min

    Another golden age of alpinism

    Richard Else

    • 1992
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Third episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering by Chris Bonington and Richard Else produced by the BBC. This program focuses on three outstanding postwar climbers: the Italian Walter Bonatti, the Frenchman Rene Desmaison, and the presenter of the series, Chris Bonington. The episode covers the years following the second world war, described as an era as exciting as the first Victorian golden age of alpinism.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Everest in winter

    Everest in winter

    Allen Jewhurst (1981)

    Documentary about an attempt to climb Mt. Everest in winter, the most inhospitab le time of the year to attempt the climb, on a previously unfollowed route.

    UK / 50 min

    Everest in winter

    Allen Jewhurst

    • 1981
    • UK
    • 50 min
    Documentary about an attempt to climb Mt. Everest in winter, the most inhospitab le time of the year to attempt the climb, on a previously unfollowed route.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Fifty years in the mountains

    Brian Hall (2010)

    Fifty years in the mountains is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest and El Capitan. It was directed by Brian Hall in 2010 and produced by Venture Film. It features Reinhold Messner, Doug Scott, Peter Habeler, Stephen Venables, Heinz Zak, Andy Parkin and others.

    UK / 20 min

    Fifty years in the mountains

    Brian Hall, Keith Partridge

    • 2010
    • UK
    • 20 min
    Fifty years in the mountains is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest and El Capitan. It was directed by Brian Hall in 2010 and produced by Venture Film. It features Reinhold Messner, Doug Scott, Peter Habeler, Stephen Venables, Heinz Zak, Andy Parkin and others.

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