VIMFF 2014 :: FILMS :: 

My Life - The Big Climb

Northern Island, 28 minutes, 2012
Directed by Des Henderson, Produced by Ed Stobart
Screening: Family Film Matinee, Mon Feb 10 @ 2:00pm (doors 1:30pm) - under 12's free - North American Premiere
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Ella Kirkpatrick from Sheffield plans to be the youngest girl ever to make it to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite.

El Capitan in California’s Yosemite Valley is the “holy grail” of the rock climbing world and Ella Kirkpatrick from Sheffield plans to be the youngest girl ever to make it to the top. Ella has climbing in her blood, her dad Andy is one of the worlds most experienced climbers, and together they take on this amazing challenge.
Ella has never been to America before and sunny California is a world away from the grey streets of Sheffield. Unluckily for her though, she has landed in the valley slap bang in the middle of a heat-wave, and an already super-tough climb is suddenly looking impossible. The heat doesn’t  just make life uncomfortable, it has a direct impact on the supplies they bring with them onto the wall and eighty 1kg bottles of water is a heavy burden to be hauling a vertical kilometre.
Ella and her dad must spend four days living and sleeping in this  vertical world as they make their way slowly up the rock face. Predictably they battle soaring temperatures, rope tangles and each other's patience as they try to make it to the top. While the rest of her year-nine friends are studying hard in school, Ella is getting to grips with her first experience of big-wall climbing and pushing her body to the limit. It isn’t all pain and suffering though, what stands out is Ella and Andy’s unique sense of humour and inspiring father and daughter relationship.

DES HENDERSON - DIRECTOR/PRODUCERDerry based Des Henderson is one of Northern Ireland’s most promising producing and directing talents. He produced/ directed our award winning BBC1 NI Life Patrol, shot Here Comes The Summer: The Undertones Story, and produce/ directed our CBBC My Life: The Big Climb. Previous directing outings include Going the Distance and White Collar Fight Club for BBC1 NI. Des has recently directed/produced a five part series for CBBC/BBCNI called HIT THE STAGE/MUSIC CITY, which will be broadcast this winter.
Ed is a multi award winning producer and director who has delivered successful, high quality series and films for all the UK's major terrestrial and digital broadcasters, and his work has been seen in over 150 territories around the world.
He executive produces all of Alleycats current output. Prior to Alleycats, he executive produced the 2011 BAFTA nominated Pink Saris for More Four; five series of ITV1/ ITV2's Jack Osbourne Adrenaline Junkie, which sells to 146 territories; ITV2's Kelly Osbourne Turning Japanese; C4's Extreme Celebrity Detox and Sky Ones Jones Boys Amazon Adventure.
He series produced Grand Designs for C4, House Doctor for Five, and highlights as Producer/ director include BBC1 Extreme Lives Cannibals and Crampons with Bruce Parry, the prototype for BBC Tribe, (award winner at Banff and Kendal); BBC1's award winning Extreme Lives Leo Houlding My Right Foot; BBC 1 Paddington Green; BBC2 Timewatch: The Secrets of Enzo Ferrari; Rock Family Trees for BBC2, and ITV4's award winning Take A Seat
He recently ran Ginger Productions, where he originated most of the commissions. He was a finalist in the 2009 Diversity Awards for his practise of giving serving prisoners full time work placements. When he is not eating, breathing, and sleeping Alleycats, he loves football, cycling, climbing with his 11 year old lad and trampolining with his 6 year old girl.

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