There's a slideshow with accompanying talk tonight at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton. Which is hardly pant-wetting stuff when described like that but this is Andy Kirkpatrick's version of the slideshow - it won't be an evening of slides showing interesting bratwurst he ate while on a weekend break in Dusseldorf. Andy Kirkpatrick is a writer, photographer, film maker and one of the UK’s most accomplished mountaineers and ‘big wall’ climbers (big walls are mountain walls of over 1000 metres). So the evening will go a bit like this:
"part stand-up comedy routine, part stunning slide show, part poignant talk, part extreme sport event with anecdotes from his stint as Stunt coordinator on the set of the Tim Burton / Johnny Depp production of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ thrown in for equal measure"
He's a man who lives a "self-professed white trash existence in urban Sheffield" when not vertical-climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan, the most difficult mountain wall in America, and has himself noted the extreme contrast between his life as a husband and father of two and his life as mountaineer who likes his outdoor challenges as extreme as possible: "It’s not rare for me to be changing Ella’s nappy one day and then literally shitting my own trousers a day later."
Beyond Extreme is at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton this evening. Entry is £10.50 or £8.50 for members; doors open at 8.45pm. For more information and to book go to the Picturehouse website here.