Filmography

Jim Curran

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    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 / 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 / Chronicle

    Surviving the summit

    James McQuillan (2000)

    Surviving the summit is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by James McQuillan in 2000 and produced by FilmOasis. It is a part of the series Quest for K2 (5/6). It features Greg Child, Jim Wickwire, Jim Curran, Rick Ridgeway, Alison Hargreaves, Misael Alvial and others.

    USA / 27 min

    Surviving the summit

    James McQuillan

    • 2000
    • USA
    • 27 min
    Surviving the summit is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by James McQuillan in 2000 and produced by FilmOasis. It is a part of the series Quest for K2 (5/6). It features Greg Child, Jim Wickwire, Jim Curran, Rick Ridgeway, Alison Hargreaves, Misael Alvial and others.

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    Savage mountain

    James McQuillan (2000)

    Savage mountain is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by James McQuillan in 2000 and produced by FilmOasis. It is a part of the series Quest for K2 (1/6). It features Steve Swenson, Jim Curran, Bob Bates, Charles Houston, Greg Child, Fred Wisner and others.

    USA / 27 min

    Savage mountain

    James McQuillan

    • 2000
    • USA
    • 27 min
    Savage mountain is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by James McQuillan in 2000 and produced by FilmOasis. It is a part of the series Quest for K2 (1/6). It features Steve Swenson, Jim Curran, Bob Bates, Charles Houston, Greg Child, Fred Wisner and others.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    K2 forever

    K2 forever

    James McQuillan (2000)

    K2 forever is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by James McQuillan in 2000 and produced by FilmOasis. It is a part of the series Quest for K2 (6/6). It features Galen Rowell, Greg Child, Jim Curran, Rick Ridgeway, Charles Houston, Bob Bates and others.

    USA / 27 min

    K2 forever

    James McQuillan

    • 2000
    • USA
    • 27 min
    K2 forever is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by James McQuillan in 2000 and produced by FilmOasis. It is a part of the series Quest for K2 (6/6). It features Galen Rowell, Greg Child, Jim Curran, Rick Ridgeway, Charles Houston, Bob Bates and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Conquering the mountain

    Conquering the mountain

    James McQuillan (2000)

    Conquering the mountain is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by James McQuillan in 2000 and produced by FilmOasis. It is a part of the series Quest for K2 (3/6). It features Greg Child, Kurt Diemberger, Jim Curran, Teruo Matsuura, Nazir Sabir, Wanda Rutkiewicz and others.

    USA / 27 min

    Conquering the mountain

    James McQuillan

    • 2000
    • USA
    • 27 min
    Conquering the mountain is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in K2. It was directed by James McQuillan in 2000 and produced by FilmOasis. It is a part of the series Quest for K2 (3/6). It features Greg Child, Kurt Diemberger, Jim Curran, Teruo Matsuura, Nazir Sabir, Wanda Rutkiewicz and others.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    The Rock Queen

    Martin Belderson (1988)

    Catherine Destivelle has deservedly become the most famous female climber in the world. In this film we see the history of her climbing career, and her latest feat in unprecedented climbing ascents. Catherine Destivelle earned her fame with historic climbs, such as the free ascent of the Nameless Tower in Pakistan, and solo winter ascents of the classic North Faces of the Matterhorn and the Eiger, climbs that have never been repeated by any woman. She also made her mark in sport-climbing as she captured the World Championship title.

    UK / 48 min

    The Rock Queen

    Martin Belderson

    • 1988
    • UK
    • 48 min
    Catherine Destivelle has deservedly become the most famous female climber in the world. In this film we see the history of her climbing career, and her latest feat in unprecedented climbing ascents. Catherine Destivelle earned her fame with historic climbs, such as the free ascent of the Nameless Tower in Pakistan, and solo winter ascents of the classic North Faces of the Matterhorn and the Eiger, climbs that have never been repeated by any woman. She also made her mark in sport-climbing as she captured the World Championship title.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Bonington's secret mountain

    Bonington's secret mountain

    Martin Belderson (1999)

    Bonington's secret mountain is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Sepu Kangri. It was directed by Martin Belderson in 1999 and produced by Northern Films. It features Chris Bonington, Charles Clarke, Scott Muir, Elliot Robinson and Graham Little.

    UK / 94 min

    Bonington's secret mountain

    Martin Belderson

    • 1999
    • UK
    • 94 min
    Bonington's secret mountain is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Sepu Kangri. It was directed by Martin Belderson in 1999 and produced by Northern Films. It features Chris Bonington, Charles Clarke, Scott Muir, Elliot Robinson and Graham Little.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Women of K2

    Jennifer Jordan (2003)

    There are only five women who have reached the summit of K2 (8.616m). But three of them died while descending the mountain. The other two were killed in accidents on their following expeditions. The outstanding spanish mountaineer Araceli Segarra is quite aware of her forerunners fate.

    USA / 47 min

    Women of K2

    Jennifer Jordan, Jeff Rhoads

    • 2003
    • USA
    • 47 min
    There are only five women who have reached the summit of K2 (8.616m). But three of them died while descending the mountain. The other two were killed in accidents on their following expeditions. The outstanding spanish mountaineer Araceli Segarra is quite aware of her forerunners fate.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    K2 - Traum und schicksal DVD

    K2 - Traum und schicksal

    Kurt Diemberger (1989)

    In 1986, Kurt Diemberger and his companion Julie Tullis came back to the K2, after two failed expeditions, in order to finally stand on the summit of the mountain of all mountains. Their dream comes true. They reach the summit of K2. However, on the way down, Julie and four other mountaineers die. They were caught by a horrible storm which forced them to stay at an altitude of 8.000m for several days, all because they had lost one important day during their ascent. Kurt Diemberger and Willi Bauer were the only ones who were able to survive this inferno on the second highest mountain on earth - merely with serious frostbites.

    Austria / 60 min

    K2 - Traum und schicksal

    Kurt Diemberger

    • 1989
    • Austria
    • 60 min
    In 1986, Kurt Diemberger and his companion Julie Tullis came back to the K2, after two failed expeditions, in order to finally stand on the summit of the mountain of all mountains. Their dream comes true. They reach the summit of K2. However, on the way down, Julie and four other mountaineers die. They were caught by a horrible storm which forced them to stay at an altitude of 8.000m for several days, all because they had lost one important day during their ascent. Kurt Diemberger and Willi Bauer were the only ones who were able to survive this inferno on the second highest mountain on earth - merely with serious frostbites.

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  • Docudrama / Recreation

    A great effort

    A great effort

    Jim Curran (1975)

    Jim Curran's first film tackles the nature of failure and the nature of effort. This short film is an artistic gem, and led just a few years later to the making of The Bat. It recreates Menlove Edwards famous article of the same name on a solo attempt of Central Gulley Direct on Lliwedd in Snowdonia in Wales. Jim Curran plays the part of Menlove Edwards as he attempts the route with possible fatal consequences. Why make any effort, or why accept any comfort - sometimes a great effort need not be measured in terms of success? The film is both whimsical and philosophical, as was the final sentence in the Times obituary for Menlove Edwards: 'he never married.'

    UK / 17 min

    A great effort

    Jim Curran

    • 1975
    • UK
    • 17 min
    Jim Curran's first film tackles the nature of failure and the nature of effort. This short film is an artistic gem, and led just a few years later to the making of The Bat. It recreates Menlove Edwards famous article of the same name on a solo attempt of Central Gulley Direct on Lliwedd in Snowdonia in Wales. Jim Curran plays the part of Menlove Edwards as he attempts the route with possible fatal consequences. Why make any effort, or why accept any comfort - sometimes a great effort need not be measured in terms of success? The film is both whimsical and philosophical, as was the final sentence in the Times obituary for Menlove Edwards: 'he never married.'

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Barnaj

    Barnaj

    Allen Jewhurst (1979)

    A small team of British Mountaineers set off overland heading for the 21,000ft Mount Barnaj in the Kishtwar region of the Indian Himalaya. Featuring the great Paul Nunn, along with Geoff Tier and Bob Toogood, this quintessential 1970's film is a rare glimpse into a world that has changed so dramatically on a political level, yet remains very much in the hearts of today's Asian and Himalayan travellers. Part adventure film, part travel documentary and unashamedly a commercial for the long lost British motor industry, the star of the film is clearly the British Leyland Sherpa van. The climb, like many Himalayan peaks, proves hard, and the team fight cold, altitude, snow blindness, constant snow storms and flattened camps on their summit attempts.

    UK / 21 min

    Barnaj

    Allen Jewhurst

    • 1979
    • UK
    • 21 min
    A small team of British Mountaineers set off overland heading for the 21,000ft Mount Barnaj in the Kishtwar region of the Indian Himalaya. Featuring the great Paul Nunn, along with Geoff Tier and Bob Toogood, this quintessential 1970's film is a rare glimpse into a world that has changed so dramatically on a political level, yet remains very much in the hearts of today's Asian and Himalayan travellers. Part adventure film, part travel documentary and unashamedly a commercial for the long lost British motor industry, the star of the film is clearly the British Leyland Sherpa van. The climb, like many Himalayan peaks, proves hard, and the team fight cold, altitude, snow blindness, constant snow storms and flattened camps on their summit attempts.

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