Filmography

Leo Dickinson

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    Everest unmasked Vod

    Everest unmasked

    Leo Dickinson (1978)

    Record of the first ascent of Everest made without the use of oxygen equipment, made in May 1978 by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler. Could it be done? Would their blood vessels burst? Would they suffer brain damage leading to madness? Nobody was sure. Messner: 'I would never come here for trying Everest with oxygen. That is not a challenge for me.' A fascinating piece of history, well filmed by Leo Dickinson and Eric Jones (above the South Col Messner used a cine camera to continue the filming), featuring Messner and Habeler's thoughts. The film follows the usual sequence from Namche to Base Camp, through the Icefall, to Camps I, II and III. It also shows historical footage of the pioneering Mallory and Shipton expeditions.

    UK / 52 min

    Everest unmasked

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1978
    • UK
    • 52 min
    Record of the first ascent of Everest made without the use of oxygen equipment, made in May 1978 by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler. Could it be done? Would their blood vessels burst? Would they suffer brain damage leading to madness? Nobody was sure. Messner: 'I would never come here for trying Everest with oxygen. That is not a challenge for me.' A fascinating piece of history, well filmed by Leo Dickinson and Eric Jones (above the South Col Messner used a cine camera to continue the filming), featuring Messner and Habeler's thoughts. The film follows the usual sequence from Namche to Base Camp, through the Icefall, to Camps I, II and III. It also shows historical footage of the pioneering Mallory and Shipton expeditions.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    The Towers of Paine DVD

    The Towers of Paine

    Leo Dickinson (2007)

    Leo Dickinson’s re-editing of the classic first ascent of the Central Tower of Paine in Patagonia, filmed by Vic Bray. The 44-year-old original footage was salvaged from a loft and shows Chris Bonington and Don Whillans in action. Readings from Don’s journal add depth and a recreation of a double rope snapping incident adds the necessary spice. What marks this film apart is the film stock which makes the image seem to glow and the leisurely pace Leo has treated the edit. It makes a refreshing contrast to many contemporary films and modern digital filmmakers could be well served by taking note.

    UK / 26 min

    The Towers of Paine

    Leo Dickinson, Vic Bray

    • 2007
    • UK
    • 26 min
    Leo Dickinson’s re-editing of the classic first ascent of the Central Tower of Paine in Patagonia, filmed by Vic Bray. The 44-year-old original footage was salvaged from a loft and shows Chris Bonington and Don Whillans in action. Readings from Don’s journal add depth and a recreation of a double rope snapping incident adds the necessary spice. What marks this film apart is the film stock which makes the image seem to glow and the leisurely pace Leo has treated the edit. It makes a refreshing contrast to many contemporary films and modern digital filmmakers could be well served by taking note.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Mountains of the winds

    Mountains of the winds

    Leo Dickinson (1984)

    A film documenting the British expedition attempting to climb the remote peak of Torre Egger in Patagonia in 1974 by Don Whillans, Martin Boysen, Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite, Eric Jones, Mick Coffey, and Keith Lewis. They didn't succeed on Torre Egger and changed direction in the last days of the trip and climbed the Innominata Needle (also known as Aguja Rafael Juarez). The documentary is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance.

    UK / 26 min

    Mountains of the winds

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1984
    • UK
    • 26 min
    A film documenting the British expedition attempting to climb the remote peak of Torre Egger in Patagonia in 1974 by Don Whillans, Martin Boysen, Paul 'Tut' Braithwaite, Eric Jones, Mick Coffey, and Keith Lewis. They didn't succeed on Torre Egger and changed direction in the last days of the trip and climbed the Innominata Needle (also known as Aguja Rafael Juarez). The documentary is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Mountain men

    Mountain men

    Leo Dickinson (1984)

    This documentary looks at the work and expertise of Swiss mountain guides from the Grindelwald Valley, who describe two very dangerous rescues from the north side of the Eiger. The film is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance. Each episode concentrated on one sport, varying from climbing to hot air ballooning.

    UK / 26 min

    Mountain men

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1984
    • UK
    • 26 min
    This documentary looks at the work and expertise of Swiss mountain guides from the Grindelwald Valley, who describe two very dangerous rescues from the north side of the Eiger. The film is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance. Each episode concentrated on one sport, varying from climbing to hot air ballooning.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Land of mist and fire DVD

    Land of mist and fire

    Leo Dickinson (1978)

    The Patagonian ice cap, situated on the southern tip of South America, must be one of the world's least explored places. This is quite understandable because it consists of twenty-four square kilometers of crevassed ice swept by wind and snowstorms. Welshman Eric Jones, Mick Coffey, and cameraman Leo Dickinson trekked across this remote, dangerous land to climb Cerro Lautaro, a volcano in the middle of the ice field. Despite being held up by bad weather for two weeks, Jones, Coffey, and Dickinson eventually scaled the previously unclimbed Cerro Lautaro and another peak they named Cerro Mimosa.

    UK / 52 min

    Land of mist and fire

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1978
    • UK
    • 52 min
    The Patagonian ice cap, situated on the southern tip of South America, must be one of the world's least explored places. This is quite understandable because it consists of twenty-four square kilometers of crevassed ice swept by wind and snowstorms. Welshman Eric Jones, Mick Coffey, and cameraman Leo Dickinson trekked across this remote, dangerous land to climb Cerro Lautaro, a volcano in the middle of the ice field. Despite being held up by bad weather for two weeks, Jones, Coffey, and Dickinson eventually scaled the previously unclimbed Cerro Lautaro and another peak they named Cerro Mimosa.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Flashback

    Flashback

    Leo Dickinson (1984)

    Film directors and cinematographers Leo Dickinson and Peter MacPherson reveal and demonstrate how they achieved several of the shots for various films in the series, sometimes quite dangerous. The documentary is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance. Each episode concentrated on one sport, varying from climbing to hot air ballooning.

    UK / 26 min

    Flashback

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1984
    • UK
    • 26 min
    Film directors and cinematographers Leo Dickinson and Peter MacPherson reveal and demonstrate how they achieved several of the shots for various films in the series, sometimes quite dangerous. The documentary is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance. Each episode concentrated on one sport, varying from climbing to hot air ballooning.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Filming the impossible

    Filming the impossible

    Leo Dickinson (1981)

    The risky expeditions and events filmed by Leo Dickinson are challenging and death defying in themselves, but filming these events can prove to be just as challenging and dangerous. This documentary answers the often asked question, 'how did they get those shots?' providing a foreshortening of the techniques used and the dangers run by Dickinson while he filmed his adventures and explorations. Among others, the film features Eric Jones' solo ascent to the Eiger, the ascent of the Matterhorn north face in winter by Eric Jones, Brian Molyneux and Eddie Birch, and the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler in 1978.

    UK / 38 min

    Filming the impossible

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1981
    • UK
    • 38 min
    The risky expeditions and events filmed by Leo Dickinson are challenging and death defying in themselves, but filming these events can prove to be just as challenging and dangerous. This documentary answers the often asked question, 'how did they get those shots?' providing a foreshortening of the techniques used and the dangers run by Dickinson while he filmed his adventures and explorations. Among others, the film features Eric Jones' solo ascent to the Eiger, the ascent of the Matterhorn north face in winter by Eric Jones, Brian Molyneux and Eddie Birch, and the first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen, by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler in 1978.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Extreme rock

    Extreme rock

    Peter MacPherson (1984)

    Ron Fawcett, typical of today's more athletic breed of rock climbers demonstrates taking pleasure in the challenge of climbing without aids, using ropes and slings for safety only. The documentary is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance. Each episode concentrated on one sport, varying from climbing to hot air ballooning.

    UK / 30 min

    Extreme rock

    Peter MacPherson, Leo Dickinson

    • 1984
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Ron Fawcett, typical of today's more athletic breed of rock climbers demonstrates taking pleasure in the challenge of climbing without aids, using ropes and slings for safety only. The documentary is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance. Each episode concentrated on one sport, varying from climbing to hot air ballooning.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

    Extreme ice

    Extreme ice

    Leo Dickinson (1984)

    Climbers Ron Fawcett and Eric Jones attempt to ascend a frozen waterfall in Switzerland using modern ice-climbing techniques. The documentary is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance. Each episode concentrated on one sport, varying from climbing to hot air ballooning.

    UK / 25 min

    Extreme ice

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1984
    • UK
    • 25 min
    Climbers Ron Fawcett and Eric Jones attempt to ascend a frozen waterfall in Switzerland using modern ice-climbing techniques. The documentary is part of the series 'Pushing the limits', a series of 10 programs by Leo Dickinson documenting sporting adventures which often test the limits of human endurance. Each episode concentrated on one sport, varying from climbing to hot air ballooning.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Eric Jones

    Eric Jones

    Keith May (2012)

    This program of 'Time of your Life' profiles veteran mountaineer and adventurer Eric Jones from Tremadog (North Wales). Jones is best known for the first British solo ascent of the north face of the Eiger in 1981, and for his climbs on the Matterhorn and South Col on Mount Everest. In 1986, he became the first person to BASE jump from the Eiger. As a skydiver, Jones jumped onto the North Pole and down the east face of Cerro Torre in Patagonia. In 1991, as a member of a four-man team, he flew two hot air balloons over Mount Everest. Time of your life is a ITV Cymru Wales series that speaks to prominent Welsh personalities about the events that shaped their lives.

    UK / 23 min

    Eric Jones

    Keith May

    • 2012
    • UK
    • 23 min
    This program of 'Time of your Life' profiles veteran mountaineer and adventurer Eric Jones from Tremadog (North Wales). Jones is best known for the first British solo ascent of the north face of the Eiger in 1981, and for his climbs on the Matterhorn and South Col on Mount Everest. In 1986, he became the first person to BASE jump from the Eiger. As a skydiver, Jones jumped onto the North Pole and down the east face of Cerro Torre in Patagonia. In 1991, as a member of a four-man team, he flew two hot air balloons over Mount Everest. Time of your life is a ITV Cymru Wales series that speaks to prominent Welsh personalities about the events that shaped their lives.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend DVD

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend

    Leo Dickinson (2006)

    Don Whillans was one of the leading rock climbers of his generation. This film examines Don’s gritstone horrors, his hard routes in Wales, then follows him to the Alps and beyond on several of his epic expeditions. But it also focuses on Don’s unique humor, his devastating oneliners that pricked pomposity wherever he found it and poked fun at those who deserved it. Don may have died 20 years ago but the myth surrounding Whillans can still be heard whenever climbers reminisce about a time when hard men were hard and legends were being made. Perhaps his partner Joe Brown best sums him up, 'Don was unique'.

    UK / 80 min

    Don Whillans - Myth and legend

    Leo Dickinson

    • 2006
    • UK
    • 80 min
    Don Whillans was one of the leading rock climbers of his generation. This film examines Don’s gritstone horrors, his hard routes in Wales, then follows him to the Alps and beyond on several of his epic expeditions. But it also focuses on Don’s unique humor, his devastating oneliners that pricked pomposity wherever he found it and poked fun at those who deserved it. Don may have died 20 years ago but the myth surrounding Whillans can still be heard whenever climbers reminisce about a time when hard men were hard and legends were being made. Perhaps his partner Joe Brown best sums him up, 'Don was unique'.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Dhaulagiri

    Dhaulagiri

    Leo Dickinson (1977)

    The aim of this small expedition by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler was to climb the 4000 meters high south face of Dhaulagiri without oxygen equipment. Due to the terrain, the approach turned out to be very difficult and dangerous. The base camp was set up at an altitude of 4000 meters and the only high camp at an altitude of 5100 meters. However, the south wall was not feasible due to the constant danger of avalanches, so they decided to use the south pillar to the left of the south wall. After several attempts, an altitude of 6100 meters was finally reached, but persistent bad weather and the risk of avalanches forced the expedition to retreat.

    UK / 40 min

    Dhaulagiri

    Leo Dickinson

    • 1977
    • UK
    • 40 min
    The aim of this small expedition by Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler was to climb the 4000 meters high south face of Dhaulagiri without oxygen equipment. Due to the terrain, the approach turned out to be very difficult and dangerous. The base camp was set up at an altitude of 4000 meters and the only high camp at an altitude of 5100 meters. However, the south wall was not feasible due to the constant danger of avalanches, so they decided to use the south pillar to the left of the south wall. After several attempts, an altitude of 6100 meters was finally reached, but persistent bad weather and the risk of avalanches forced the expedition to retreat.

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