‘The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend’ DVD and signed print offer plus other news.

The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend DVD
Limited signed print by Chris Townsend. 25 available. First come, first served.

If you’re interested here’s a quick post with information on ‘The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend’.

First off, if you’re up for seeing it on the big screen, the film is being shown this Wednesday from 8pm at Eden Court, Inverness. Chris Townsend will be in attendance for a Q&A session afterwards too. The film is well worth viewing on a cinema screen. I spent a week some time ago converting the film into Digital Cinema Projection format for Rheged’s IMAX cinema which means I’m now able to send the film out to any interested arts centres and such like nationwide. So, if you live local to Inverness, go see it!

Next up, I have a limited run of ‘The Cairngorms in Winter’ on DVD available. £14.99 inc postage.

Limited signed prints by Chris Townsend are available too, for the first 25 orders.

First come, first served. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Payment by PayPal (BACS considered) only. DVD is PAL region only. UK dispatched only. Please contact me via cairngorms@outlook.com

The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend on the IMAX screen at Rheged Centre last July.

The film continues to receive critical acclaim, which has astonished me and Chris. We had no idea folk would lap it up they way they have. Me particularly so. I always thought some might find it a bit too slow. It’s not action-packed and deliberately so. I always wanted the film to be about the Cairngorms and Chris as guide. But I was keen to make the film ‘old school’ style – the visuals telling the story. For me too many outdoor based films are just not about the spectacular landscapes they’re set amongst.

They’re just a backdrop. And even then not many showcase the British Countryside and in a spectacular way either. I endeavoured to show the Cairngorms at their best (and worst) in the little time I had working on the film with Chris.

Here’s some quotes from recent reviews of the film:

MountainPro Magazine:
“Both men show incredible commitment in the making of this film…Similar to Chris’ books, this film portrays the whole picture as opposed to focusing on key areas….Terry’s cinematography is captivating throughout and is a true masterpiece in motion; there is the right balance of beautiful scenery parallel with the daily struggles and ‘chit chat’ to camera….for those who have never been to the Cairngorms it’s awe-inspiring and aspirational, and for those who know it well it’s an opportunity to relive an unforgettable experience.”

Roger Cox, The Scotsman
On first viewing, the most striking thing about the film is that it’s slow. Radically, game-changingly slow. Films about men and mountains, whether they involve climbing, skiing, snowboarding or paragliding, tend to rattle along at a breathless pace. Every trick in the book, from frantic jump-cutting to an amped-up soundtrack, will typically be deployed to hold the attention of the imagined audience: namely the twitchy, limited-attention-span members of Generation Google.”

“But The Cairngorms in Winter isn’t like that. At all. There are lingering, moody shots of dark trees silhouetted against bright blue skies; extended timelapse sequences of clouds streaming over hillsides; leisurely panning shots taking in miles and miles of snowy summits. At one point Townsend sits down on a rock to eat a chocolate bar, and the camera remains on his face for a grand total of 14 seconds as he chews, thoughtfully. Later, after skiing to the top of Cairn Gorm, he takes in the view for over six minutes before continuing on towards Ben MacDui, his eventual destination. And in contrast to your typical mountain film, in which serious-minded sportsperson A must achieve goal B by nightfall or die trying, Townsend doesn’t seem remotely bothered whether he gets where he’s going or not. When high winds force him to abandon an attempt to walk through the Lairig Ghru, he simply shrugs and says “I decided the sensible thing to do was to go back.” In a sense, I suppose, his deep love of the Cairngorms means he can never be in a rush, because wherever he is he has already arrived. Climbing hills isn’t the point; just being in the hills is enough.”
“The jittery film-makers of Generation Google should be forced to watch this, even if they have to be physically restrained. They’d learn a lot.”
Chris Townsend print
DVD offer – limited run – includes signed print by Chris Townsend.


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