Franco Cookson burst onto the climbing scene over 10 years ago and has been leaving an indelible mark ever since. His early career, in particular, played out in an unusually public manner on the UK’s climbing forums, where his hard and bold first ascents on his home ground of the North York Moors would often receive much skeptical analysis.
In 2017 Franco made the first ascent of ‘Nothing Lasts’ in Northumberland, an almost unfathomably dangerous route. The film follows the notorious Franco on his latest journey to climb an even harder line where the weight of previous successes hangs heavily on Franco’s mind, that and the laughable protection combined with moves he can’t yet do.
This feature documentary takes an in-depth look into Franco’s past and the workings of his fascinating mind. Featuring understudy 15-year-old Tom Pearce who looks to repeat some of Franco’s routes adding another layer of intrigue. Tapping into Franco’s extensive archive we relive some truly jaw-dropping moments during Franco’s prolific career.
Madman or genius? Decide for yourself with this enthralling watch, spare trousers recommended. Both filmmaker Alastair Lee and Franco will be on hand to field questions from the audience.
Running time - 75 minutes, including a 25 minute Q&A
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to distribution rights this film will not be available to watch on the Kendal Mountain Player - it will only be screened at the Live Festival*