Speakers – 2016
It’s not just about films at the ATFF, you also get to meet the adventurers, authors and film-makers who are out there, livin’ the dream – whatever that dream may be.
Here’s the list of incredible people that came to the 2016 festival in August. Speakers for 2017 will be announced nearer the time.
In 1982 at the age of 23 Elspeth set off on a solo trip to ride her 1974 R60/6 BMW motorcycle around the world. The journey took two and a half years covering 48,000 miles riding through North America, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Europe. All in the age before email, the internet, mobile phones, satnavs, medevacs and in some parts of the world, reliable maps.
Elspeth rode through post-revolutionary Iran during the war with Iraq, survived life-threatening illnesses and numerous accidents. She witnessed civil uprisings that forced her to fake documents and fended off physical threats, sexual attacks, biker gangs and corrupt police convinced she was trafficking drugs. Whilst on the road she fell in and out of love three times.
Returning home in 1984 Elspeth finished her architecture degree and in 1988 brought a derelict water tower which she spent seven years converting into her home. Obviously, Elspeth is the cover star of this brochure and will be interviewed, chat show style, by Lois Pryce. Bring your questions!
Born in the Midlands in the mining village of Warsop, Nathan has studied a Masters in Business, worked in Australia on a car magazine, edited a motorcycle magazine and recently got married in Vegas. But he is best known for his ride from Sydney to London on a 110cc ‘postie bike’.
In 2011 Sarah Outen paddled under Tower Bridge, marking the start of her London2London: via the World journey – an attempt to kayak, row and cycle a complete loop of the Northern Hemisphere. Four and-a-half years later she paddled under Tower Bridge once more, after an extraordinary journey that took two more years than planned, rich with plenty of surprises and extreme challenge; it wasn’t always certain that she would make it home.
Sarah’s story is of having a go, having another go and ultimately of letting go. Her journey was extreme but her story is for everyone.
Ben Sadd & James Trundle
Ben has been a professional filmmaker and cameraman for the past 5 years and in that time has made several “Adventure” films with James. With each film they have built on the experience of the previous project, both in the scale of the journey and the production value that they bring to the film. From simple journeys with a sofa to starving themselves in “Britain’s last wilderness”. Last year they executed a two month trip to the Amazon where they hewed a dug-out canoe. These guys are as funny and charming as you can get. Come and hear them and leave smiling.
They have learnt a lot and will be sharing the mistakes and challenges that they have encountered during the monumental palaver that is filming your own adventure.