Filmography

Steve Monks

5 films

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    The hidden kingdom

    Allen Jewhurst (1987)

    In 1986 Steve Berry led an expedition to climb the highest unclimbed peak in the world. It also happens to be the highest peak in Bhutan. Two years of laborious preparations had led up to the attempt to get the climbers on the mountain in the limited weather window between the end of the monsoons and the onset of winter. Their team almost reached the summit but they were driven off by horrendous storms. Due to the climbing restrictions in Bhutan, the mountain remains today as the highest unclimbed peak.

    UK / 53 min

    The hidden kingdom

    Allen Jewhurst

    • 1987
    • UK
    • 53 min
    In 1986 Steve Berry led an expedition to climb the highest unclimbed peak in the world. It also happens to be the highest peak in Bhutan. Two years of laborious preparations had led up to the attempt to get the climbers on the mountain in the limited weather window between the end of the monsoons and the onset of winter. Their team almost reached the summit but they were driven off by horrendous storms. Due to the climbing restrictions in Bhutan, the mountain remains today as the highest unclimbed peak.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Magnetic Mountains Vod

    Magnetic Mountains

    Steve Wakeford (2017)

    In October 2014, Steve Wakeford, a sports broadcast editor, fell 70 metres whilst climbing a mountain known as Les Petites Jorasses in the French Alps. It was a fall that required him to be airlifted out of the mountains suffering from a number of serious injuries and resulted in him being temporarily left in a wheelchair - he is lucky to be alive. At the start of a long journey of rehabilitation, he began to ask himself some serious questions - 'Regardless of injury or trauma, why are we drawn to the mountains in the first place? Is risk an essential part of what we do? Perhaps most importantly, why is it that I am planning to climb the same route from which I fell?'

    France, UK / 86 min

    Magnetic Mountains

    Steve Wakeford

    • 2017
    • France, UK
    • 86 min
    In October 2014, Steve Wakeford, a sports broadcast editor, fell 70 metres whilst climbing a mountain known as Les Petites Jorasses in the French Alps. It was a fall that required him to be airlifted out of the mountains suffering from a number of serious injuries and resulted in him being temporarily left in a wheelchair - he is lucky to be alive. At the start of a long journey of rehabilitation, he began to ask himself some serious questions - 'Regardless of injury or trauma, why are we drawn to the mountains in the first place? Is risk an essential part of what we do? Perhaps most importantly, why is it that I am planning to climb the same route from which I fell?'

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    The longest expedition

    Trudy McRobert (2016)

    Renowned climber Paul Pritchard returns to Tasmania's notorious Totem Pole to tackle the climb that nearly killed him eighteen years earlier and left him partially paralysed with a massive head injury. When Paul Pritchard returned to Tasmania's majestic Totem Pole rock pillar three months ago it was the culmination of an 18-year journey. The former professional climber and writer suffered a massive injury in 1998 when his rope dislodged a large rock, which fell on his head. He was saved by the actions of his former girlfriend who hauled him 30 metres up to a ledge before running for help. In a second stroke of luck, the paramedic on duty that day was also a climber. Neale Smith's decision to short-circuit a cliff rescue and abseil with Paul down to a waiting boat almost certainly saved his life.

    Australia / 30 min

    The longest expedition

    Trudy McRobert

    • 2016
    • Australia
    • 30 min
    Renowned climber Paul Pritchard returns to Tasmania's notorious Totem Pole to tackle the climb that nearly killed him eighteen years earlier and left him partially paralysed with a massive head injury. When Paul Pritchard returned to Tasmania's majestic Totem Pole rock pillar three months ago it was the culmination of an 18-year journey. The former professional climber and writer suffered a massive injury in 1998 when his rope dislodged a large rock, which fell on his head. He was saved by the actions of his former girlfriend who hauled him 30 metres up to a ledge before running for help. In a second stroke of luck, the paramedic on duty that day was also a climber. Neale Smith's decision to short-circuit a cliff rescue and abseil with Paul down to a waiting boat almost certainly saved his life.

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  • Documentary / Climbing Journal

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    Doing it scared

    Matthew Newton (2016)

    A short film about rock-climbing legend Paul Pritchard, and his attempt to finally conquer the Totem Pole, a 'fearsome sea-stack' which 18 years ago almost cost Paul his life. Paul was one of the leading climbers and mountaineers of the 1980s and 1990s, renowned for his hard and extremely bold first ascents. In 1998 Paul was abseiling in to climb the Totem Pole in southeast Tasmania, when he dislodged a rock with his rope which hit him on the head, leaving him with a severe head injury that he was lucky to survive. This is a moving film about an extraordinary man on an inspiring life journey, his continuing recovery from a crushing injury and the never waning desire for adventure.

    Australia / 12 min

    Doing it scared

    Matthew Newton

    • 2016
    • Australia
    • 12 min
    A short film about rock-climbing legend Paul Pritchard, and his attempt to finally conquer the Totem Pole, a 'fearsome sea-stack' which 18 years ago almost cost Paul his life. Paul was one of the leading climbers and mountaineers of the 1980s and 1990s, renowned for his hard and extremely bold first ascents. In 1998 Paul was abseiling in to climb the Totem Pole in southeast Tasmania, when he dislodged a rock with his rope which hit him on the head, leaving him with a severe head injury that he was lucky to survive. This is a moving film about an extraordinary man on an inspiring life journey, his continuing recovery from a crushing injury and the never waning desire for adventure.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Wild climbs - Tasmania

    Wild climbs - Tasmania

    Richard Else (1999)

    Paul Pritchard was one of Britain's most outstanding younger climbers until he suffered the most catastrophic accident imaginable whilst attempting to climb a sea stack called Totem Pole in Tasmania. We follow Paul Pritchard during the year after his accident and chart his progress from initial treatment in a hospital, his return home to Llanberis to finally watch him attempt the long journey back to Tasmania. This return trip has become virtually an obsession for Paul who wants to lay the ghost of his accident. He plans his journey to coincide with the first anniversary of the accident that left him for dead. This is the second episode of the series Wild Climbs. Wild Climbs series is the sequel of 'The Face: Six great climbing adventures'.

    UK / 30 min

    Wild climbs - Tasmania

    Richard Else

    • 1999
    • UK
    • 30 min
    Paul Pritchard was one of Britain's most outstanding younger climbers until he suffered the most catastrophic accident imaginable whilst attempting to climb a sea stack called Totem Pole in Tasmania. We follow Paul Pritchard during the year after his accident and chart his progress from initial treatment in a hospital, his return home to Llanberis to finally watch him attempt the long journey back to Tasmania. This return trip has become virtually an obsession for Paul who wants to lay the ghost of his accident. He plans his journey to coincide with the first anniversary of the accident that left him for dead. This is the second episode of the series Wild Climbs. Wild Climbs series is the sequel of 'The Face: Six great climbing adventures'.

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