Film Club on Monday 2nd: Free Solo

On Monday 2nd September we will be showing Free Solo.  Follow Alex Honnold as he becomes the first person ever to free solo-climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. With no ropes or safety gear, he completed arguably the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

As usual, 7pm for a 7:30 showing, with a licensed bar, ice cream and chat. £6 on the door for non-members.

Audio update

Following our very successful screening of Swan Lake, the club has invested in an additional pair of speakers which will project sound from the back of the hall. This will give us full surround sound and enhance the experience for all seating positions. With Free Solo being an atmospheric film this should be a great experience.

Viewer reviews

10/10: This is the best documentary I have ever seen. It takes you inside the mind and life of one of the world’s best rock climbers. The visuals are incredible. You get to feel a bit what it is like to climb what to most of us would be a blank vertical wall rock wall overlooking heaven.

10/10: Amazing filmmaking. A unique documentary that grips you and holds you till the end. It was funny, heartbreaking and inspiring. I can’t wait to see it again.

8/10: A rousing, crowd-pleasing documentary that showcases the extraordinary capacity of the human body to push itself to the extreme – or in the words of free solo climber Alex Honnold, “to reach perfection” – Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s FREE SOLO makes for one of the most tense viewing experiences I’ve had in a theater this year. We already know how this documentary will end (any other sort of ending and this would have never been released), but Chin and Vaserhelyi nonetheless manage to convey a palpable sense of fear and tension throughout, as Honnold repeatedly practices climbs in preparation for his free solo climb of Yosemite’s famed El Capitan, a 3,000 foot wall of sheer granite. Honnold makes for a fascinating subject as the climber at the heart of the story. Unlike literally 99% of other climbers, however, Honnold specializes in free soloing – climbing without using ropes or any other sort of protection. What Honnold does is insane, and the film repeatedly stresses the fact that one wrong move would result in his death. But Honnold’s passion for free soloing is his lifeblood, and despite the inherent (and obvious) dangers of his profession, it’s the one thing that keeps him going. I can’t imagine what would ever possess Honnold (and others like him) to do what they do, but what I can say is that FREE SOLO captures his feats in breathtaking glory that left the audience in the theater cheering at the end.

Vanity Fair: Beyond that interesting character profile, Free Solo also operates as a sort of meta criticism of this kind of documentary filmmaking. We see Chin and his crew, most of them friends or at least affectionate admirers of Honnold’s, grapple with the difficult realities—and the potential trauma—of what they’re doing.

IndieWire: There’s no denying that the domestic scenes of Free Solo are more powerful because you appreciate the madness of what Honnold is trying to do, and the climbing scenes are more powerful because you appreciate the full extent of what he’s risking to do it.

Trailer

Click here to watch the trailer on YouTube or watch below if on the website.

 

 

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