The Dawn Wall – Film Review

Angus Taylor reviews The Dawn Wall, which is currently showing around Australia. At first light, the Dawn wall is illuminated on the towering ship stern of sheer granite that is El Cap, and it holds all who see it in awe. The Dawn Wall film, in a similar way, shines with the brilliant light of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s burning desire to climb it. The result is much the same – awe. In what some called ‘the moon landing of climbing’,…

Review – Project Mina & The Last Great Climb (films)

I generally always enjoy British climbing films, and Project Mina and The Last Great Climb are two (relatively) new ones out of old Blighty, directed by Jen Randall and Alastair Lee respectively. Shared nationality aside, that’s all the films have in common, for the two stories concentrate on vastly different subjects within the climbing genre. Project Mina is a beautifully shot profile of British boulderer Mina Leslie-Wujastyk. Mina’s a very talented climber, who’s climbed numerous V12s around the world as well…

Review – The Network (film)

Firstly, who doesn’t want to see Taipan – majestically bathed in golden light – and hero-to-climbers Kilian Fischhubber latching a double dyno on his not-so-wonderfully named Southern Delight (34/8c+) extension of the wonderfully-named The Invisible Fist of Professor Hiddich Smiddich? The footage is outstanding, it sits as a fitting climax to the film and generates a soaring mix of elation, desire and jingoistic pride. The jingoistic pride is the strangest to fathom; a rock being climbed by an Austrian filmed by an American,…

Review: Life on Hold

Life on Hold (film) By Nick Brown and Richard Sharpe (Outcrop Films, 2012,, HD download £10, HD download and DVD package £23.99) The best climbing films get you so psyched you can’t wait to pull down; even if it is just a fingerboard session on a dirty, grey Melbourne afternoon. The new bouldering flick, Life on Hold, is just such a film. Although to call it a bouldering film is not strictly accurate as a lot of the climbing…

Review: The Long Hope

The Long Hope (film) By Paul Diffley (Hot Aches, 2011,, HD download ₤14.99) From the first voice over and the brilliant opening credits you get a good feeling about the Long Hope film, and what follows doesn’t disappoint: a powerful climbing story that has been beautifully crafted by Hot Aches’ Paul Diffley. The Long Hope focuses on Scottish all-rounder Dave MacLeod’s efforts to free Britain’s hardest and longest sea cliff route, the Long Hope Route on St Johns Head,…

Tomorrow I will be Gone

We talk the future of climbing videos with Nick Brown from Outcrops Films, the man behind the new(ish) Rocklands bouldering film, Tomorrow I will be Gone, which was recently released for free on the internet and be seen here Tomorrow I will be Gone (TIWBG) is one of the best bouldering films I have seen for a while, so good I would happily have paid to see it, so I am curious as to why you decided to release it…

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