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Award-winning Documentary about world renowned Sheffield climber "Andy Parkin: Life in Adaptation"

Simon Yates, the author renowned for his part in the saga subsequently portrayed in the famous film, ‘Touching the Void’, says:“This eloquent and insightful film reveals the mind of an inspiring alpinist and artist.”·

Well-known British climber,Ian Parnell,says: “An extraordinary film about an extraordinary person. It goes well beyond the surface gloss of most climbing-related films, delving deep into the heart of what it means to be a human being in the mountains, an artist, an adventurer and a survivor. This portrait of Parkin is unintrusive, poetic, moving and completely believable; all-in-all beautiful bit of film-making.”·

Kendal Mountain Film Festival Judge, John Innerdale, welcomed the film because:“Andy is regarded as one of the finest Alpine climbers.”·

Lee Thomas, Head of Production at Screen West Midlands, says: “This is great news for Birmingham-based Blue Hippo, one of the most dynamic creative producers in the Region. I look forward to seeing this film reach even wider audiences thanks to the special recognition it’s received from the mountaineering community at this prestigious event.”

Andy Parkin October 2009 from Weekday Productions on Vimeo.

Andy Parkin – A Life in Adaptation. (Art & the Alps) from David Cawley on Vimeo.


The documentary about Sheffield climbing hero, Andy Parkin, is set for a unique special edition DVD release.CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE DVD “Andy Parkin: Life in Adaptation”.

Having won the Jury’s special prize at Kendal 2008 and the Grand Prize at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival this year as well as being finalist in Trento and Banff film festivals, Blue Hippo Media and Weekday Productions’ film ‘Andy Parkin – a Life in Adaptation’ is now set for DVD release. There is a special edition of 100, with pieces of original artwork all created individually for this DVD release for £70. The DVD is available on its own for £12.

Director David Fair comments: “We have been mindful that this film is a collaboration between us as film makers and Andy – the artist. This is the final statement in that process and is very exciting to see.”

As Andy states in the film, it is probably his most complete and personal work to date.

The documentary creatively profiles Andy Parkin life and work. It gives a powerful insight to the life of a remarkable man who is regarded as one of the world’s finest alpine climbers. In 1984 he suffered a near fatal Alpine climbing accident and many believed his love affair with mountains would be over.

Andy’s slow, painful rehabilitation involved painting and creating amazing sculptures of the mountains that nearly claimed his life. Incredibly, he learned to climb again, adapting to the demands of a damaged body. In 1994, Andy was awarded mountaineering’s highest possible accolade, the ‘Oscar’ of climbing, the Piolet d’Or.

In parallel with continued climbing feats, Andy Parkin has also become known for his inspirational artwork. The production team shot their documentary over 2-years, to reflect the full spectrum of his remarkable achievements. The Director, David Fair, says: “Having worked in broadcast for many years, I wanted to create something very different to the typical formula for such films. We sought to reveal the determined character behind Andy’s rehabilitation alongside his creative triumphs.”

The producer Pip Piper, of Birmingham-based Blue Hippo Media, comments: “Our film saw special collaboration between film-makers, and artist. We were able to create a beautiful result that gave deeply personal insights to Andy. In a journey of discovery for both Andy and the team, we explored how this documentary might evolve in order to create an unusual film. Whilst still in the climbing genre, we believe the film will have appeal beyond the climbing and mountaineering fraternity.”

At the end of October, Andy flew over to the Uk from his home base in Chamonix. With him he had nearly 100 original works that were to be collated with DVDs. This short film was shot in the morning of that day as Andy unpacked the collection of artworks. Here, Andy talks about the amazing variety of pieces he has produced for the DVD and what they represent for him.

The producers wish to thank Paramo and partners: and Climbing Magazine, for their valuable support in helping to make this film possible.

For more information and to purchase a DVD of “Andy Parkin: Life in Adaptation” visit: contact: Pip Piper +44 (121) 687 1404