15 Apr

Hills On Film

poster from the Bedlamites film

The world of fell running gets an arthouse makeover in Shyla and Lukas Lee's recent independent film, the Bedlamites. The film explores the beautiful countryside of the north of England and the community spirit that goes hand in hand with fell running. The film features 5 times English Fell Champion Ian Holmes and is mostly about night fell running.

It was screened and well received at the Bradford International Short Film Festival last month. mudsweatandtears.co.uk liked the movie too and described it as: 'An excellent, and almost spiritual piece of cinematography, leaving you in no doubt as to why you love the sport and the surroundings of the hills, mountains, trails and fells'.

You can see a trailer of the film, made by Clayhouse, the West Yorkshire-based independent filmmaker, on their website. A feature of the film is the original score by Phillip Codd.

Meanwhile running at altitude received the full television treatment earlier this week with a profile of the acclaimed hill race, the Carnethy 5 on BBC Scotland's Adventure Show. Quite an exciting renewal of the event in 2011 with the lead changing hands in dramatic fashion in the later stages. See the action on BBCiplayer.