Shared Vision (2020)

  • Adventure, Sport
  • 22min

British climber Red Széll has an adventurous streak. After having scaled the tops of the iconic Old Man of Hoy and Old Man of Storr, he takes on the third of Scotland’s Big Three sea stacks, Am Buachaille. Does this not sound spectacular enough? At the tender age of 19 years, Széll was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. This means that he is the first blind climber to have conquered these three famous pinnacles. To even get to the base of the stack, Széll has to mountain bike 15 kilometres over rough terrain and then swim the tidal currents to get to the base of the rock. In just fours hours’ time, he has to scale the 70-metre-high stack of Am Buachaille and then descend, before being cut off by the tide. In Shared Vision, the acclaimed Keith Partridge cameraman documents Széll’s unique expedition and shows that disability does not have to be an obstacle to any adventure. Partridge, this year a member of the DMFF jury, also filmed Touching the Void, which we will also be screening this year. In almost 70 films, he has documented daring expeditions to the most extreme corners of the globe. He has received numerous awards, including an EMMY for cinematography, the Guild of Television Camera Professional’s “Award for Excellence”, the International Explorers Festival’s “Camera Extreme Award” and the “Grand Prize” of the IAMF, our parent association.


Red Széll


Kevin McDonald


Keith Partridge



Bonus Content

A word from Keith

Keith Partridge introduces his film ‘Shared Vision’.