These guys are not normal


Crazy climbers, extreme terrain, nasty weather and skydiving – it’s all in The Asgard Project screening at Queenstown’s Adventure Film Festival. 

The 68-minute documentary is one of eight adventure flicks being shown during the fifth annual festival at Memorial Hall from August 12-16. 

The Asgard Project, directed by Alastair Lee, captures daredevils Leo Houlding, Sean Leary and Carlos Suarez conquering the north face of Mount Asgard on Baffin Island in the remote Arctic Circle. 

Festival director Kirsten Nicholl says the determination of the mountaineers, who endure the worst conditions on their gruelling journey, is awe-inspiring. 

“It’s a ‘what could go wrong does go wrong’ kind of film,” Nicholl says. 

“It gives you a real appreciation for the slog these guys put themselves through. It separates them from normal people.” 

Short action films Dream Result, First Ascent – Alone on the Wall, Signatures, Last Paradise, The Red Helmet and Follow Me will play from next Thursday till Sunday at 8pm, with 3pm matinees also on Saturday and Sunday. 

“The Asgard Project and Birdman of the Karakoram screen on August 16, 8pm.

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