Free Solo

Certificate 12A

(2018) 100 mins

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Cinematography: Jimmy Chin
Music: Marco Beltrami


Documentary following free climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without ropes or safety gear. At 3,200-feet, El Capitan is the largest mountain face ever scaled without equipment, and extensive mental and physical preparation is required. However, Alex’s family and friends remain unsure if the rewards are worth the risk.

Winner of both Oscar and Bafta award for Best Documentary

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.



“Even the documentary crew, composed of seasoned climbers and longtime friends, can barely watch their buddy painstakingly move up the peak, anguished by the possibility (God forbid) they may be complicit participants in Honnold’s demise. You’ll feel the same way too, but it won’t stop you from bearing witness to this near-miracle of human physical achievement in a film that does that accomplishment proud.”  Austin Chronicle

 “Words like “stunning” and “spectacular” are overused in film criticism, but Free Solo deserves them.”  Radio Times

 “Watch this film on the biggest screen you can. And don’t try what Alex does at home.”  Eye for Film

Fri 17 May Stockbridge
Tue 21 May Chepstow
Fri 07 Jun Somerton
Fri 21 Jun South Petherton
Sat 03 Aug Orkney: Hoy


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