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FOUR SEASONS: MOUNTAIN FILMS, COMING SOON TO A LAPTOP NEAR YOU

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 November 2012 ORSON Welles once said: “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” What a shame that most major Hollywood studios still seem to think a massive special effects budget is some sort of substitute for artistic vision. But […]

FOUR SEASONS: CHAIRLIFT DRAMA

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 March 2012 A COUPLE of years ago now, a horror film called Frozen set out to do for skiing what Jaws did for swimming. In it, three friends enjoying a day on their local skiing hill sweet talk a morbidly obese liftie into giving them one last ride up in […]

ROUTE ONE: DAVE MACLEOD INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman, 16 February 2012 IT’S been described as “the most impressive rock climb ever done in Britain” and an athletic achievement on a par with running the first four-minute mile, but Dave MacLeod’s conquest of the Longhope Direct route on St John’s Head, a remote sea cliff on Orkney, began with a deeply […]

FOUR SEASONS: SCOTTISH SURFING ON THE BIG SCREEN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 October 2011 SURF films have mutated in all kinds of different directions over the years, but in the beginning they were little more than glorified slide shows – a way of replaying epic sessions both for the benefit of the people who were there and for those who weren’t. In […]

FOUR SEASONS: FISHING 1, CLIMBING 0

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 October 2011 IMMEDIATELY after announcing the winner of the Best Film award at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (EMFF) earlier this month, event organiser Stevie Christie felt compelled to reassure his audience that the capital’s annual celebration of extreme sports cinema was NOT about to turn into the “Edinburgh Fishing […]

FOUR SEASONS: DEFINITELY NOT A MIRACLE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 1 October 2011 I’M NOT religious,” Karina Hollekim tells me, “but I do believe in the power of the human brain. It’s amazing what your body is capable of doing – as long as you tell it that it’s going to be capable of doing it.” In her career as a […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE HAUNTING OF BEN MACDUI

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 January 2011 ALL the best mountains have legends attached to them, and the Brocken, the highest peak of the Herz range in northern Germany, is more myth-steeped than most. For centuries, it has been said to be a gathering place for witches and devils – a theme picked up on […]

FOUR SEASONS: “OUR APOLOGIES FOR GLOBAL WARMING”

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 27 November 2010 ANNA Ewart’s short film 11 Degrees is as beautiful as it is melancholy. And it’s really melancholy. Screening tonight as part of the Dundee Mountain Film Festival, it was shot in the winter of 2008-9 and gives a subtle, impressionistic account of the challenges facing the Glenshee ski […]

FOUR SEASONS: IN PRAISE OF HOMEGROWN SKI FILMS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 October 2010 THE Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival always seems able to attract a smattering of big-name guest speakers, but this year event organiser Stevie Christie is spoiling us like a chocolate-dispensing diplomat. Topping the bill for 2010, he has lined up celebrity cyclist Mark Beaumont, who will give a talk […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE SECRET WORLD CHAMP

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 May 2010 RECOGNISE the chap pictured below? No, not me, the one in the shades*. Unless you’re a mountain bike fan you probably won’t know him from Adam, but by rights that grinning phizog should be as well kent as … well … if not David Beckham’s then at least […]