Director Dom Bush from Land and Sky Media has been making films for the last nine years - films which verge on the understated, but where the individual's story speaks loud.
After a longstanding friendship with the Festival and his dedicated work for the Kendal Mountain Film Academy, we are thrilled to announce that Dom’s filmography is now being hosted on the Kendal Mountain Player.
Working on projects across Europe, North America, Borneo, Sierra Leone and South Africa, Dom has travelled around the world in search of stories. But the place which draws him the most is the Lake District, and the individuals living there. These are tales about climbers, farmers and artists, character-led films that connect people to the landscapes around them. Specially curated and selected by Dom, this unique collection is currently free to watch on the Player.
Dom says: "It’s fantastic to collaborate with the team at Kendal Mountain Festival again, who have always supported my work. I was thrilled to win an award at the festival in 2017 and went on to produce three festival trailers, which was a real treat! This is a curated list of the short documentaries I’m most proud of, many of which were made in collaboration with athletes, outdoor brands and organisations. We’re sharing them for free for the Kendal Mountain Player audience and really hope you enjoy them!"
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Thriving is a film about a woman, a horse, and a quest for hope in a time of crisis. In May 2022, Clare Dyson set out with her seven-year-old Welsh Cob, Merry, to ride over 150 miles through the Lake District, one of the most beautiful and biodiverse regions in the UK. The route took them over fells and mountain passes, along old drovers roads and packhorse routes. The terrain was tough and it was a challenging adventure for them both.
But Clare’s aim was not just to enjoy the scenery and bond with her horse. She wanted to find out how people are working to restore the health of the land and the climate, while producing food for a growing population. Along the route, she met farmers who are adopting regenerative practices, such as holistic grazing, agroforestry, and organic farming. These practices aim to enhance soil fertility, water retention, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration, while also improving animal welfare and human health.
Check out our latest Youtube video where we interview Dom and protagonist Clare where they share the inspiration, challenges, and lessons behind the film, as well as their vision of hope for the future:
What's the worth of truth in a country crushed by apathy? For father, poet and drystone waller Sam Robinson, resistance is honesty.
Sam plies the thousand year old trade of drystone walling in the lake district, working in any weather to make and maintain the lie of the land. He is also a punk poet and folk singer whose songs are utterly connected to his sense of place, as true to cumbria as billy bragg to barking. Sam's political and cultural philosophy is one of protest, pride and authenticity - the counter vision to a Britain bound in consumerism, the people removed from the work that once grounded their communities.
Nowt But a Fleeting Thing (2019)
A film about a young farmer's connection to the land, his animals and a changing world in the north of England. Battling against unsustainable farming methods and an unenthusiastic market, Adam Crowe continues to work on two neighbouring farms while fighting to launch his own business and breed a flock of sheep. In rural Britain, the threat of poverty is often frighteningly close.
The Ant & The Whale (2018)
A film made for the Alpkit Mountain Journal series in 2018 about Cumbrian based climber Ian Almond. After an accident in the Alps several years ago which caused him to lose some of his fingers, Ian reflects on what the experience has given him and how it has shaped his identity since.
An honest, understated story about obsession, identity and self reflection filmed in the stunning Torridon landscape. You can watch the trailer here:
In Good Heart (2018)
Local smallholder Adam Crowe reflects on sustainability and how farming might change in an uncertain world.
Part of a series produced for SENS (Sustainability and Energy Network in Staveley) and South Lakeland District Council, this film focuses on community, creativity and sustainability on a local scale.
Tom Seipp: A mountain Journal Short (2017)
Tom is 11 and loves riding his bikes with his dad, no matter what the terrain and no matter what the weather. Having completed two Strathpuffer 24 hour races, he has racked up the miles over the last few years. Driven to just enjoy being out, he has big plans as he looks to drag his dad along the 2,700+ miles of the Great Divide route later in the year.
James Knowles: A Mountain Journal Short (2016)
James is a mountain biker based in Innerleithen. He lost his best friend in 2011 on one of his first cycling adventures along the West Highland Way, hit by a car whilst riding the final stage. Along with a group of friends, James built a bothy in memory of Murray in the Scottish Borders. This new Mountain Journal short looks at how he moved beyond the loss of his friend to build a life in one of the mountain biking capitals of the UK, relishing the freedom, contentment and companionship they can bring.
You can watch the trailer below:
In the early 1970’s the border city of Carlisle became an unlikely epicentre for hard traditional climbing and a scene developed that rivalled any in the UK. The atmosphere was competitive, a new E-grading system was born and new milestones were set. Eden is set around a little known crag close to Carlisle called Armathwaite, a meeting place and training venue for the Penrith and Carlisle teams who were looking to make their mark on the British crags.
Skye Wall (2015)
Previously thwarted by the weather, Charlie Woodburn’s perseverance in trying to repeat Dave Birkett’s Skye Wall (E8 6b), finally paid off on his fourth visit to the Isle of Skye. The impressive vertical to just-off vertical sweep of gabbro was described by Dave as “the most awesome wall of rock in the UK”, and until now his 2007 route had remained unrepeated.