Special Lecture: Keith Partridge,
International Award Winning Adventure Cameraman
Capturing the essence of adventure in over 60 extreme films has taken cameraman and film-maker Keith Partridge to some of the world’s most hostile and spectacular environments. From the Eiger’s North Face, the Arctic and Alaska to the white-water caves of Papua New Guinea Keith has been pushing the limits of extreme filming for television and cinema.
His productions have collected over twenty international film awards and two British Academy awards. In 2004 Keith was presented with the International Explorers Festival ‘Camera Extreme’ Award for his work on series’ such as the multi award winning ‘Wild Climbs’ for the BBC and on the documentary feature film of Joe Simpson’s ‘Touching the Void’. In 2012 he fulfilled an 88 year old Olympic pledge alongside mountaineer Kenton Cool by delivering an Olympic Gold medal to the summit of Mount Everest and subsequently was an Olympic Torch Bearer in London. In the same year he was awarded an EMMY for Outstanding Cinematography for the BBC’s Human Planet series.
His personal journey has been a committed one. Winter 1990 saw Keith Partridge leave his job as a cameraman and sound-recordist with the BBC after six years of service. Three weeks later, with climbing suspended in a torrent of spindrift, he was holed up in a snow-cave contemplating his future. His strategy had been a high risk one, involving the sale of everything he owned, everything that is except his climbing kit. As another bitter storm swept across Iceland’s Vatnajokull icecap, fuelling his passion for wild places, the marriage of adventure and film-making was an obvious course.
His background has enabled him to develop shooting techniques that have catapulted the viewer to the steepest of rock faces, the most challenging of ice and the remotest of locations where strong team work, extreme levels of motivation and dynamic leadership are vital for success. At the forefront of extreme film-making, his work has been shown on the BBC, Discovery, Channel 4, ITV, National Geographic, Pathe Films and 20th Century Fox. His written articles have appeared in many of the UK’s climbing and outdoor magazines.
Born in the prairie-like East of England he is now based in Scotland where he lives with his wife Andrea and children Jamie and Erin. Having spent over twenty years climbing, trekking, biking and shooting film all over the world he still finds it strange just where a lad born in the flattest part of the UK can find himself hanging out – camera in hand of course.
Visit Keith’s website to find out more