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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Unique film will showcase year in life of Lake District mountain

A unique movie showing a year in the life of England’s highest peak will have its premiere in Cumbria early next summer.

Terry Abraham photo
Terry Abraham

Film-maker Terry Abraham is spending 12 months following the people who live, work and play on 3,209ft high Scafell Pike.

But, he says, the star of Life of a Mountain Scafell Pike will be the landscape itself, which he is chronicling in detail through each changing season.

The documentary-style film is a labour of love for 36-year-old Terry, who has spent countless days and nights camped out to capture just a few minutes worth of footage at a time.

His aim is to inspire people and show them what he says is “the true beauty of the area you never see on the television”.

“The best you will see it is when you are out on foot. But no one will ever have seen it on video like this before.

“I spent four nights outdoors for 15 minutes of video but it was well worth it. The longest I’ve been in a tent moving from site to site is seven or eight nights.

“It is very, very challenging. I have to carry all of my camping equipment and food and video equipment. It’s at least a 30-kilo pack even in summer.”

His lengthy spells on the fells have been made possible by the Wasdale Head Inn, which is acting as a resupply base for him.

“It takes in my food, I pick it up and then go back out on the fells,” he added.

The £8,000, two-hour film, which includes astonishing timelapse sequences, has been financed by sponsorship and through crowdfunding website Indiegogo, where Terry, who first visited the Lakes as a 13-year-old, smashed his target figure in just 10 days.

Filming on the project started in earnest in April and will continue until next April.

Apart from stunning footage of the landscape, it features interviews with people including farmer and legendary fell runner Joss Naylor and Mark Richards, author of the Lakeland Fellranger guides, as well as coverage of events such as the World’s Biggest Liar competition.

Terry, a full-time cameraman, will spend most of December on the fells with only a brief break at Christmas to spend time with wife Sue and stepchildren. “I think she’s very proud of me. When I feel down she tells me to stop being a kid and get on with it,” he says.

While Scafell Pike is not the first project he’s shot ‘on location’ – his acclaimed The Cairngorms in Winter film has been shown at Rheged, near Penrith, and at the Kendal Mountain Festival – it is undoubtedly the place he enjoys the most.

“The place means a lot to me; its characters, landscape, history, culture and the people. It offers some of the best views in the whole of the country.”

Once completed, Terry, of Newark, Notts, is considering another undisclosed Lake District project but will need to secure funding for it to go ahead.

Life of a Mountain Scafell Pike has its premiere at Rheged at 7.30pm on May 10. An extended trailer can be viewed in the Walking section of http://tv.thebmc.co.uk.

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