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Synopsis: Adventure climber Leo Houlding and film maker Alastair Lee are back with another sumptuous production of truly epic proportions. Leo (UK) and fellow climbers Sean Leary (USA) and Jason Pickles (Salford) head deep into the Amazon in an attempt to make the first ascent of the east face of the remote tepuy; Cerro Autana.

Disguised as tourists, the clandestine climbers embark upon a covert journey, via military check-points and secret ports, traveling down the Orinoco River to the remote village of Ceguera where they make a traumatic psychotropic visit to the local Shaman to gain access to the sacred mountain.

Sweltering humidity, porter chaos and an assortment of jungle nastiness are just a part of this spectacular journey of self-discovery and big wall hunting. Finally on the tepuy, our team of redoubtable characters ascends the jungle infested rock face, amazed not only at the climbing, but at a luxury wall camp in the incredible Autana Cave system (the highest elevated cave system in the world) just below the tepuy summit.


Mountain / Adventure / Documentary / Sports





Run Time

57 minutes


Leo Houlding
Sean Leary
Jason Pickles

Directed by

Alastair Lee

Prod. Company

Posing Productions - http://posingproductions.com

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Director's Statement

AUTANA is an adventure unlike any other – adventure film making takes another step into the unknown with superb results. Original, experimental, entertaining and visually stunning.

Director's Bio

Alastair Lee is a director and camera man 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 with stunning photography his special talent for combining the spectacular with the human have made him one of the leading forces in his industry with over 100 international awards to his name.

Not to be confused with the disposable ‘adrenaline’ fueled clips that dominate social media Alastair’s work is born of a deeper understanding and respect for the mountain world where a genuine passion and will to preserve these extraordinary environments is at the heart of Alastair’s work. Exploration, not only of the wild places to the furthest corners of the earth but also of the human condition. Delving into the complex psychology of the paradox of a modern person’s desire to challenge themselves in the natural arena. The quest not just for the summit but the search for purpose and meaning amongst the ever-increasing western safety and comfort.

Alastair has embraced the full gambit of modern devices at the film makers disposal, from drones to jibs to Cineflex camera systems and 4k slow motion shooting. However Alastair is also acutely aware that the ‘eye-candy’ means nothing without a strong sense of narrative and human depth. Alastair’s consistent success at combining world class cinematography with his trade-mark humor are testament to his true love of his art and dedication to always doing the best job possible and continually attempting to eclipse his own high standards.

In May of 2013 Alastair was awarded one of the top awards in his industry, The Grand Prize from the International Mountain Film Alliance at the Trento Film Festival.

His work has also been broadcast on Discovery UK, National Geographic US and featured on the Red Bull Explorers series.


Kendal Mountain Film Festival - UK - 2012

Best Mountain Adventure Film (Autana)

Torello Mountain Film Festival - Italy - 2012

Best Mountain Film (Autana)

Krakow Mountain Film Festival - Poland - 2012

The Grand Prize (Autana)

Teplice & Metui Film Festival - Czech Republic - 2013

Prize of Town (Autana)

Zakopane Mountain Film Festival - Poland - 2013

The Grand Prize (Autana)

Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival - Germany - 2013

Alpine Prize (Autana)

Official selection

Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival - Canada - 2012

Kendal Mountain Film Festival - UK - 2012

Torello Mountain Film Festival - Italy - 2012

Krakow Mountain Film Festival - Poland - 2012

Teplice & Metui Film Festival - Czech Republic - 2013

Zakopane Mountain Film Festival - Poland - 2013

Tegernsee Mountain Film Festival - Germany - 2013

Mountain & Adventure Film Festival - USA - 2015


"A beautifully filmed, nicely scored, thoroughly engaging and engrossing hour of adventure cinema that will knock your little climbing socks off." - outdoorsmagic.com

"A calculated mix of adventure and humour, all rolled into a feature length package of perfection." - ukclimbing.com

Country of Origin

UK / Venezuela

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Sound Mix

Stereo LT/RT





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