Cut Media have released a short film entitled ‘Horizons: Hazel and Steve Findlay’ created in conjunction with the Sky1 series ‘You, Me & The Apocalypse’, staring Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, Megan Mullally and Matthew Baynton. The film follows Hazel Findlay who has been climbing for 20 of her 26 years, and started out trad climbing on the limestone sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire.
Hazel dabbled in competition climbing – she was the British junior champion six times – but at 16 decided to give it up to focus on climbing on rock, especially trad climbing which is her main passion. Hazel has been a full time climber for the last four years, which has allowed her to travel all over the world climbing interesting pieces of rock.
Hazel was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, and free El Capitan, as she tackles the mountains of Lofoten in Norway. By age 16, Hazel was a six times British junior climbing champion, but decided to concentrate on her love for the vast vertical outdoors.
Sky 1 gave Cut Media the task to make a film about our bucket list if we had 34 days to live. Rather than thinking about death the team decided that Hazel Findlay (who is one of the Worlds top rock climbers), and her father Steve epitomised living for today and are the exact reason why if you live every day to the full then you don’t need a bucket list!
The idea behind the film, narrated by Hazel’s father, is to get people to reflect on what makes them passionate. their achievements and future dreams. To us adventure is a project with no known outcome, and you put yourself in a position where you have to use your skills to deal with whatever comes at you. It moulds you and thats the large part of the satisfaction.
Humans were never meant to be safe, we’re an adventurous species and Hazel invents her own adventure, and follows her own dream. Watch Hazel rock climb against the beautiful landscape of the Lofoten Islands in Norway (above).
Horizons with Hazel & Steve Findlay
Behind the Scenes footage shows the scale of the climbs and the fearless talent of internationally renowned climber Hazel Findlay. Watch above to follow the crew as they head to the Lofted Islands in Norway and Melbourne, Australia to shoot this latest short film.