|A selection of reviews pre-transmission for ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’|
It’s been a mental few days for me and my family thanks to the network premiere of my Scafells film on the BBC the other night. My phone has been red hot with calls from the press, I’ve had TV crews round and all the wonderful reviews from the national press of the film continue to roll in.
I’m thrilled to reveal that a smidge under one million viewers tuned in live to watch the transmission on Wednesday night too! Astonishing! BBC Four averages about 300k viewers. ‘Ole Aunty’ will consolidate and reveal the total figures including iPlayer et al in due course. I have to admit I’m still in a daze about it all and really have been quite moved by the public’s response to the film.
I’m no fan of the TV version either! I mentioned it on the odd radio interview and even here the other week. It was extremely difficult under pressure from the Beeb to put more and more of the film into a 60 minute edit. It killed a lot of the poetic fell scenes I was keen to keep for TV. Alas, it would appear on the face of it, I hadn’t any thing to be too concerned about. C’est la vie.
I was also reminded today that four years ago this month I was officially made redundant from my previous deskbound role in I.T! I’d have guessed five years to be honest. Anyway how uncanny is that given the current circumstances?
If one told me I’d be where I am today all those years ago, I’d have laughed and laughed and laughed. On reflection it’s been a crazy few years too – especially for my family. I’ve made some great friends along the way and been humbled to the core with the support from so many of you. I’d be a nobody without the support of many of you and that’s the truth.
I can reveal that I will indeed be producing a sequel to the Scafells film. ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’ which I hope to begin filming next winter. I had originally intended to do Helvellyn but I’ve been persuaded to leave that one for another time.
Before then I’ll be busy working on a new film with Eric Robson and David Powell-Thompson. The narrative is quite simple. The Lake District from creation to present day. And I can’t reveal any more than that for now. But it is planned for release later this year. I’m really excited about it too.
Once again, a big thanks to all of you who’ve followed me on here (and elsewhere) and to everyone who features in the Scafells film. Hugs and pats on the backs to my sponsors too. Also to all the wonderful people of Wasdale. I hope I did Cumbria proud.
And a enormous thanks to Freddiehangoler my good friend and collaborator – a talented musician and composer – and of course my wife and family.
Speak soon folks. I’m off for a much needed break…..
This mountain-based documentary was a Wordsworthian hymn to nature and a eulogy to humanity
|The full 2 hour film on DVD.|