The latest film, Odyssey, from leading British climbing film makers Hot Aches and supported by The North Face will enjoy an innovative release in early November, with the film available for 10 days as a free internet stream.
The film is being premiered at the world’s biggest bouldering wall, The Climbing Works, Sheffield, on 10th November and at the same time will be available to view on free stream via the Hot Aches website for 10 days. During this time the film will also be available to buy on DVD or via download at a reduced price. ‘Odyssey’ - Hot Aches’ 10th film (directed by Dom Bush) - is an epic two-week road trip with four of the world’s best climbers tackling some of the best areas of traditional rock climbing in the UK. James Pearson, Hazel Findlay, Hansjörg Auer (Austria) and Caroline Ciavaldini (France) and the four man camera team visited the Lakes, Pembrokeshire, Shropshire, Northumberland and North Wales. James will give a talk before the film and James, Caroline, director Dom and producer Paul will also be at the Climbing Works for a Q&A to give the audience their behind-the-scenes insight into the making of the film.
Producer Paul Diffley says: “My normal route would be to enter film festivals and do a traditional premiere. Once a film’s done the rounds at a few festivals it becomes available for download and sale on DVD and then via specialist channels. Festivals are great for the people there but even the biggest ones only a few hundred people will see the film and a few thousand will ever buy on DVD or download.
“By holding a worldwide online premiere we hope thousands and thousands of climbers will enjoy it for free during the initial ten day period. Obviously this is a commercial venture and I hope some of those people will then enjoy it so much that they’ll buy a copy to keep and maybe buy a DVD for a gift as a present for a friend."
You can fin out more about Hot Aches work on their website.