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THE GREAT OUTDOORS
UK 2019, 57 min Director ALASTAIR LEE
Jesse Dufton is a lifelong rock climber who was born with Retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retinas’ cells leaving him with only 20% central vision. By age 30, Jesse could no longer read, and his vision was reduced to just light perception with around 2% field of view. Rather than be hindered by this, Jesse flies in the face of adversity by training for world cup events and leading climbs with his sight guide and fiancée Molly, with his goal to become the first blind person to climb the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland. Director Alastair Lee, also a climber, offers a front row seat for Jesse’s exciting and dangerous quest.
ALASTAIR LEE is a director and cameraman specializing in the outdoor world. Twenty years in the industry, he is a veteran of expeditions to the likes of Baffin Island, the Venezuelan jungle, and Antarctica. Producing award-winning films and TV commercials featuring stunning photography, his special talent for combining the spectacular with the human have made him one of the leading forces in the adventure film industry with over 100 international awards to his name.