Grieving film director Alastair Lee has pulled out of this year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival following the BASE jumping death of his friend Sean Leary.
Sean, aged 38, who was about to become a dad, died just over a week ago in Utah’s Zion National Park.
He featured in a film, due to be screened at the Festival, made by Alastair - who was also due to give a behind the lens talk about how it was made.
Patron Andy Kirkpatrick will now stand in for him at the opening Friday night screening of his film The Last Great Climb.
On Saturday night, climber Joe Beaumont will take Andy’s place on the Risk & Reward Panel as part of a Sheffield Hospitals Charity fundraiser with Jamie Andrew.
“Understandably, Alastair doesn’t feel he’s in a position where he’ll be able to entertain an audience with a talk about how the film, which features Sean, was made, let alone sit and watch the film in front of an audience,” said Festival director Matt Heason.
“We’d like to offer our heartfelt condolences to Sean’s friends and family. Though we’d never met Sean, we’ve watched so many films that he’s featured in over the year’s - including another of this year’s films, The Sufferfest - that we feel like we know him. It’s a sad, sad loss to the climbing world.”
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival will feature more than 100 adventure, travel and extreme sports films showing on six screens at the Showroom Cinema and Sheffield Hallam University’s Pennine Lecture Theatre as well as Red Bull’s free outdoor Cityscape Cinema and Tour de Cinema over at the amphitheatre from Saturday afternoon.
Sheffield’s creative and athletic talent are out in full force at ShAFF. Climbers Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker premiere the sequel to the award-winning Wide Boyz about the brutal sport of climbing narrow cracks.
Sheffield Hallam University photography student Ed Birch and recent graduate Tom Richards are premiering their debut mountain bike films, 7 Cogs of Sheffield and North. Former geography student Nick Brown of Outcrop Films is back with two new climbing films, Careless Torque and Parthian Shot featuring local climbers Mini Leslie-Wujastyk and Ben Bransby.
University of Sheffield philosophy student Ismar Badzic returns with his snowboard sequel Deeper than Snow. And on Sunday night Sheffield mountain bike legend Steve Peat tells the story of his epic career in Won’t Back Down.
Full details and tickets information at www.shaff.co.uk.
A suggested donation of £1 from every ticket is going to Sheffield Hospitals charity to raise £5,000 to buy a blood fridge for the Northern General’s Emergency Department.