– RUNNER UP FOR NZMFF BEST CLIMBING FILM
21 mins, Director Olivia Page, Australia.
Tasmanian climbers Liz Oh and Rosie Hohnen are persuaded by filmmaker Olivia Page and a local Kiwi stoat trapper, Ana Richards, to hike off-track deep into remote Fiordland, New Zealand, in search of a sabre-like peak. They surrender themselves to Ana’s confidence in navigating them through terrain few have crossed, and some that has never been traversed at all. They battle through vertical plants, gale-force storms and dangerously loose rock, with their wit and humour carrying them through. When they finally do reach the peak, unofficially named the Tusk, they quickly learn why it might be that only one other person, in the 1970s, has attempted to summit the towering peak.