An adrenaline boost is exactly the right medicine for the heart-stopping adventure sports depicted in the BANFF Mountain Film Festival’s Radical Reels Tour.
Presented for one night only in Adelaide, this annual festival of short films provided a surprisingly eclectic selection of movies that got your heart racing through action, comedy, disbelief and awe.
This year, nine films ranging from 2 to 27 minutes followed extreme sports fanatics as they embarked on dangerous and, sometimes, high-octane adventures that ranged from mountain climbing to ice kayaking; mountain biking to snowboarding.
Films included the delightfully fun Little Red Bus from France, which followed the antics of a base-jumping, mountain climbing circus of clowns and acrobats who toured around in, yes, a little red bus.
The very short 2-minute Into the Ditch, showed two of the world’s best kayakers don helmet cameras and kayak at breakneck speed down a 500 ft vertical ditch.
In the fictional Dream, experienced kayaker Ben Marr played a new paddler who imagines what it will like if he ever gets any good. Using plenty of humour and a panda (!), he showed us water adventures that would be beyond imagination if they weren’t so real.
Adventurers Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright rode up the 15 tallest peaks in California this year and returned this year to climb 45 of American Southwest’s most iconic desert towers in as many days, adding to their misery by bicycling between each peak too.
Running less than 3 hours and offering an interval, the Radical Reels Tour is part of the broader BANFF Mountain Film Festival which also tours Australia each year. The BANFF Centre offers a range of outdoor adventure film festivals, with the next being the Ocean Film Festival at the Capri Theatre on 17 March 2016.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Rating out of 10: 10