Three thrilling tales of adventure in one exclusive gift-pack!
Available this week only, here's your chance to get your hands on three very different adventure travel films from three of the UK's best independent adventure filmmakers — and at a ridiculously discounted price you won't find anywhere else.
We'd like to suggest, of course, that this gift-pack would make a 'unique and memorable Christmas present' for friends and family. But we also know that you'll likely be 'borrowing' them back, come January... (We've all done it!)
Janapar: Love on a Bike
First in line is Tom Allen's Janapar: Love on a Bike, the award-winning story of a 3½ year bicycle journey across three continents with a rather unexpected love story running through it. Not just for vicarious adventurers, Tom's touching tale is absolutely one for all the family (with the occasional bit of bad language, mind).
Janapar has now played at more than 30 film festivals around the world, from Austria to Australia, as well as at screenings all over the UK.
Into The Empty Quarter
Second up is Into The Empty Quarter, Alastair Humphreys' and Leon McCarron's gruelling yet highly entertaining 1,000-mile slog across the Empty Quarter desert of Oman and the UAE. Following in the footsteps of Wilfred Thesiger, the pair take a real do-it-yourself approach to desert travel, building a four-wheeled cart to carry their supplies. As well as being tested to their physical limits, they find that Arabia has changed beyond recognition since Thesiger's original journey in this stunningly-shot and skilfully edited film.
Just back from the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, the pair continue to tour the world with Into The Empty Quarter today.
Last but not least is Mondo Sahara, the latest opus from the undisputed overlord of DIY adventure travel film in the UK, Austin Vince, whose annual Adventure Travel Film Festival is one of the most talked-about events in the UK adventure calendar. Featuring a stunning original live soundtrack, this slapstick take on a road-trip movie follows Austin and a cast of fellow fun-loving adventure motorcycle travellers as they ride out of Europe into Africa's Sahara Desert, drifting far from civilization in search of unridden trails.
Not only that, but Austin's dedication to sharing the secrets of DIY motorcycle adventuring — both through the film and in the full colour 32-page booklet included with the DVD — will be sure to have you reaching for the nearest atlas by the time the credits roll.
This 3-pack DVD bundle is available now at the exclusive price of £19 + P&P.
That's a massive 54% discount compared to buying the three DVDs individually, and you'll only pay once for postage!
This offer is a direct collaboration between the filmmakers themselves. There's no middleman creaming off a profit. By taking action on this offer, you won't just be getting an unbeatable deal, you'll be directly supporting Tom, Alastair, Leon and Austin to continue creating inspiring adventure films.
Important: This is such a ridiculously good deal that we can barely afford to run it! As such, we'll be taking orders for one week only. You can place your order any time from Monday 17th November until midnight on Sunday 23rd November — but after that, this page will disappear forever.
Don't miss out!
Order now to avoid disappointment. Sales end at midnight on Sunday November 23rd (or when we run out of DVDs, whichever happens soonest).
This offer is available to UK customers this week only. It won't be coming back!
Tomorrow, I'm flying to Canada to attend Banff Mountain Film Festival, where my desert movie is in competition this year. I freely admit to being ridiculously excited about this - Banff is the biggest and best-known adventure film festival in the world, and part of me still thinks that events like that are just for REAL filmmakers (you know, people who make REAL films.) There will be so many talented people in attendance at the festival, both presenting and in the audience, and it's a heck of an honour to be invited along to show Into The Empty Quarter.
While I'm very proud (and I guess that's part of the reason for writing about it here) I'd also like this to be a source of encouragement. Our film shows you need not be intimidated by a lack of money, time, skill or aptitude for taking on a large creative project. It's fair to say Alastair and I were not over-endowed with any of those! What we did have was a good idea and a real desire to see it through, and those things, coupled with a keenness to learn our craft, put us in the best possible position to create something we were happy with. Those are all elements that most people can muster up. We then teamed up with a talented production company and with a bit of luck ended up with the film we have today.
Without wanting to be too trite about all this - there are no guarantees for success or shortcuts to greatness. With creative projects, the best we can do is put all our energies into something we are passionate about, and try and make good decisions about how we spend our time and with whom we collaborate. There will always be elements outside of our control, but if we just control the bits that we can do, and do them well, then we're in good shape. So if you want to make a film - go make a film. Don't worry if you haven't been to film school. Learn as you go, read widely, and seek help from those around you. Similarly, to write a book, just start typing. The skills will develop, and if have a natural flair for it you'll soon begin to flourish. You never know where you might end up.
One of the best things about attending a festival like Banff is being surrounded by so many people doing cool things. I've still got so much to learn when it comes to adventure filmmaking, and there's no better place to do it than at an event like this. If you're short on inspiration, check out the local festivals in your area and try and catch one next time it comes through.
I'll be back in a week - perhaps see some of you in Banff. I'll be splitting my time between the cinema screen, the hills and the hot tubs - see you there!