The incredible story of the first blind lead of the Old Man of Hoy, directed & produced by Alastair Lee.
Jesse Dufton was born with 20% central vision. At four years of age Jesse was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa: a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retinas’ cells. At aged 20 Jesse could no longer read, by the time he was 30 his vision was reduced to just light perception with around 1 or 2 % field of view.
As a life long rock climber, Jesse flies in the face of adversity training for world cup events and leading traditional rock climbs with his sight guide and fiancée Molly. As his sight degenerates his climbing continues to make remarkable progress. Despite his devastating condition Jesse only takes on bigger challenges by attempting to be the first blind person to make a ‘non-sight’ lead of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland.
This engrossing documentary will make you laugh and cry as it delivers not just a truly gripping climbing story but a tale of human endeavour and attitude the world can take inspiration from.
WINNER GRAND PRIZE KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL 2019
WINNER BEST MOUNTAIN SPORTS FILM TORELLO MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2019
WINNER BEST CLIMBING FILM KRAKOW MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2019
WINNER BEST CLIMBING FILM MENDI MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2019
WINNER BEST FILM EDINBURGH MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2020
WINNER BEST CLIMBING FILM VANCOUVER MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 2020
WINNER SLOVENIA TV AWARD 14th FGF 2020
WINNER BEST CLIMBING FILM SHEFFIELD ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL 2020
LIMITED RELEASE MAY 2020
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND