Duo’s gripping documentary on climbing

Scene from bouldering film "Life on Hold" by Outcrop Films  run by Nick Brown (a student at Sheffield Hallam University) and his co-producer Richard Sharpe showing at Sheffield Adventure Fillm Festival 2012
Scene from bouldering film "Life on Hold" by Outcrop Films run by Nick Brown (a student at Sheffield Hallam University) and his co-producer Richard Sharpe showing at Sheffield Adventure Fillm Festival 2012
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TWO Sheffield climbers turned film-makers are the team behind Life on Hold, following Britain’s top boulderers over two years, which is being premiered at ShAFF this weekend.

Student Nick Brown and Richard Sharpe who works in rope access to high buildings formed Sheffield-based Outcrop Films to make the 30-minute documentary which centres on Ned Feehally, Dan Varian, Micky Page and other top exponents of bouldering in the UK.

“It’s also to show how the movement is starting to climb really high things above bouldering mats - hard climbing basically,” says Brown who is studying for a human geography degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

“Outcrop Films started because Richard and myself climbed with all these guys that we’re filming and were watching them do these things,” he explains. “I was a photographer so I took photos of them quite a lot and it seemed a shame not to film them and let other people see what was happening.

“A lot of it was filmed in the Peak District because that’s where the best climbing is really and then we’ve been up to Northumberland and North Yorkshire quite a bit as well.”

The co-director-producers benefited from sponsorship from climbing suppliers Five Ten and Arc’teryx to complete the film and now are considering taking a look at sport climbing in the UK, the type of rock climbing that uses bolts in protection for rock and ropes.

Being based in Sheffield and near the Peak District is ideal for climbing and filming, says Brown. “For about 20 years all the climbers in the UK seem to congregate in Sheffield and there’s a good scene and good range of indoor walls and all the crags in the Peak District are reasonably close together and you don’t have to drive far so it’s a good centre really.”