Wonderwomen and Wanderlust

Wonderwomen and Wanderlust

Every once in a while the grey streets of London can leave you feeling a little lacklustre- so thank the heavens for events like Superwoman Film Night. The miniature film festival, organised by the Adventure Film Club at Picturehouse Central, aimed to highlight female adventure filmmakers and encourage everyone, regardless of gender, to embrace their wanderlust.

A contingent of Gilders headed to the event last night with no idea what to expect, and we were pleasantly surprised. The festival featured a collection of short films as well as four feature-length pieces, ranging from epic adventures to everyday enterprises. In Operation Moffat for instance we learned the story of the now 91 year-old badass Gwen Moffat. Back in 1946 Gwen deserted the Army to live wild and free, and became the UK’s first female mountain guide as well as an expert climber in her own right. Likewise Baffin Babes followed the epic adventure of four Scandinavian girls who skiied 1200km across Baffin Island in Arctic Canada. And then there was the more accessible 52 in 52, which documented Annie Ross’s goal to complete 52 challenges in 52 weeks over the course of 2015 whilst juggling a full-time job in finance. Her challenges included running the entire Circle Line and completing a triathlon backwards, and gave us a taste of how to make adventure fit into a busy life in the capital.

The message of the festival was clear; adventure is for everyone, regardless of gender. You need to start small but dream big. And most importantly, document it! Needless to say us Gilders left feeling truly inspired, with a serious case of wanderlust.

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