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The inaugural ‘Audience with Adventure’ takes place in London this May 21. Fusing film highlights from the latest Kendal Mountain Festival with an adventurers’ Q&A.

(TRAVPR.COM) UK - April 29th, 2015 - The inaugural ‘Audience with Adventure’ takes place in London this May 21. Fusing film highlights from the latest Kendal Mountain Festival with an adventurers’ Q&A, the night will be hosted by award-winning adventurer, writer and filmmaker Alastair Humphreys.

This key date on the 2015 Kendal Mountain Film Tour is a non-profit event created by expedition company Secret Compass, to raise funds for Joshua Orphan and Community Care in Malawi.

The ‘Audience with Adventure’ Panel

After the evening’s first selection of award-winning films (see below – chosen from Kendal’s 2014 highlights) there will be an on-stage adventurer Q&A. The following guests will talk about adventures past, present and pending, and will field questions from the audience:   

Compere: Alastair Humphreys
Adventurer, blogger and author Humphreys was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering micro-adventures concept. His adventures include cycling around the world, rowing the Atlantic and walking across India. He recently made a film about crossing Oman’s Empty Quarter.

Speaker: Dan Milner, extreme sports photographer
Milner is a professional adventure photographer with a penchant for shooting masochistic bike, snow or ‘just-for-the-hell-of-it’ adventures. He worked on Forgotten Dirt  – Afghanistan’s first MTB film – showing as part of this event.

Speaker: Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, writer and adventurer
Travel writer, TV producer and adventurer, Bolingbroke-Kent has a particular love of wandering alone through remote regions. Her latest book, A Short Ride in the Jungle, recounts her solo motorcycle journey down the remnants of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Speaker: Jamie Berry, Walking the Nile producer
Berry was producer on Levison Wood’s Walking the Nile TV series. He has also produced programmes on epic landscapes from Everest to Alaska. Jamie will be able to elucidate what it’s like working behind the scenes in some of the world’s wildest and most politically challenging places.

Kendal Mountain Festival films at the Audience with Adventure

·       Megamoon (21 mins): a couple’s adventurous honeymoon on two wheels

·       The Balloon Highline (4 mins): extreme attempted slacklining…at height

·       Sufferfest II (25 mins): climbing and biking in spectacular desert style

·       Forgotten Dirt (10 mins): Afghanistan’s first mountain biking film

·       Dejame Vivir (62): the changing face of ski mountaineering

Ticket and venue information

Press passes: contact Secret Compass to request a limited-edition press pass.

To book tickets: Visit

Ticket cost: £20.00 GBP. This non-profit event is raising funds for the Joshua charity in Malawi. 

Venue: UCL’s Kennedy Lecture Theatre, ICH 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH.

Timings: Doors, 6pm. Films, 7pm. Panel Q&A, 8.15pm. Interval. Final film (60 mins), 9.30pm.  

Modern exploration and achievement

Kerry O’Neill, marketing manager with Secret Compass. “Some people like having adventures, others like filming them and others simply enjoy watching the resultant films. Our non-profit Audience of Adventure event hopes to bring everyone’s love of adventure together for one night – in London on 21 May – in aid of Joshua Orphan and Community Care in Malawi.

“The adventure films we’ve chosen to screen show ordinary people – as well as top athletes – achieving great things, which are often unique or world-firsts. This reflects the type of team expeditions we offer, which are outlined below.”

2015 expedition destinations from Secret Compass 

1.     Afghanistan (Jul/2015): high-altitude trek in the Wakhan Corridor National Park.

2.     Siberia (Aug 2015): trek to climb Eurasia’s highest active volcanoes in Kamchatka.

3.     Malawi (Aug 2015): fundraising trek to climb the country’s 3,000m+ Mount Mulanje.

4.     Armenia (Aug 2015):exploration of a fabled land and its UNESCO-protected peaks.

5.     Kyrgyzstan (Sep 2015): mountain-biking (MTB) expedition exploring the Talas Range.

6.     Namibia (Sep 2015): minimalistic, hunter-gatherer expedition with the San Bushmen.

7.     Ethiopia (Oct 2015): MTB expedition exploring the Simien Mountains and villages.

8.     Sinai (Oct 2015): minimalistic, camel-supported desert trek with the Bedouin.

9.     Iran (Oct 2015): ‘Desert stars and solitude’ – a Lut Desert traverse.

10.  Burma (Oct 2015): expedition into Saigang/ Nagaland to summit Saramati Peak.

For further information about the Secret Compass ‘Audience with Adventure’ in association with the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, contact Kerry O’Neill. 

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Secret Compass Expeditions

Secret Compass is a pioneering expedition company creating world-first experiences for teams of like-minded adventurers. Through group and bespoke adventures, Secret Compass helps each team member achieve the extraordinary in the world’s wildest places. Founded by ex-British Army Parachute Regiment officers Tom Bodkin FRGS and Levison Wood FRGS, its expeditions reach the planet’s most remote regions in the spirit of exploration’s earliest pioneers.
Press enquiries: 0207 096 8428

Secret Compass TV and Film  
Secret Compass provides expert pre-production and in-country location management services to the TV and film industries. Clients to date include the BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet and Channel 4, in countries from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan, South Sudan to Siberia.

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