Featuring unsung Scottish pioneer Myrtle Simpson, an outrageous ice climbing expedition in Kentucky, the award-winning film Into The Canyon and more, the 2021 Purple Film Programme is a night of wild adventure from across the planet!
The Purple Films are available to watch for 7 days from the date of purchase.
Only available to watch in the UK & Ireland.
Single viewing passes £10 | Multiple passes – use code EPIC-TEN at checkout & save 10%.
Includes access to bonus content and interactive virtual foyer.
Buying a Gift Pass? A voucher will be sent to the email address on the order. The recipient can choose any Banff Film Festival programme from the Encore Channel when redeeming.
Note the Purple Films were shown virtually in early 2021 as part of the virtual Winter 2020/21 series.
You’ve heard of heli-skiing, but what about skiing by zeppelin? In a world-first, three free-skiers fly by zeppelin to the Eastern Alps in Austria, to abseil, ski and snowboard on gnarly terrain. On this ground-breaking mission, every millimetre and gram will be the difference between failure and success…
KENTUCKY ICE CLIMBING – 20 minutes
Ice climbing… in Kentucky?! Join a raucous, bourbon-fuelled adventure deep into the valleys of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they’re gone. Bushwhacking for two hours to climb 30ft of elusive ice shows that you really can find adventure wherever you look – and belly laughs are guaranteed.
MYRTLE SIMPSON: A LIFE ON ICE – 25 minutes
Scottish adventurer Myrtle Simpson is a pioneer, mountain climber, polar explorer, writer and mother who was named by the National Geographic as one of four women who ‘defied expectations and explored the world.’ Blazing her own trail, Myrtle experienced places most people only dream about, while writing 13 books, collecting specimens for museum botanical collections and raising four children. Here, this unsung hero narrates the story of three of her most dramatic and significant expeditions.
THE LEGEND OF TOMMY G – 6 minutes
Get set for some outrageous biking action! Belgian slopestyle rider Thomas Genon is reaching legendary status with his super-human biking tricks and, in the stunning Swiss Alps, this film also features cameos from some of the world’s best mountain bikers, commentators and stars.
THE INTO THE CANYON – 45 minutes
Filmmaker/photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko tell a story of extreme physical hardship where the bonds of friendship are stretched. Winning best feature-length mountain film at the Banff Festival, Into the Canyon describes how the timeless beauty of this sacred place, the Grand Canyon, becomes meditation and ultimately a cautionary tale for our complex relationship with the natural world.
ELI – 6 minutes
As an indigenous rancher growing up with no electricity or running water on the Navajo Reservation in rugged Arizona, Eli Neztsosie learnt through years of hard work what it means to rely on discipline and endurance. Now he relies on those same skills running long distances— striving every day to be better than he was the day before.
LIFE OF PIE – 12 minutes
When Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to the tiny, conservative high desert town of Fruita, Colorado, it was solely a hub of agriculture and oil and gas development. But with passion and perseverance, the singletrack shredders and pizza chefs helped transform this high-desert town into a mountain biking hotspot, turning their Hot Tomato Cafe into the living room of the Grand Valley’s outdoor community.