Wingsuit film on festival agenda

SUSAN STRONGMAN
Last updated 08:44 14/05/2014

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An avalanche of action-packed footage is set to hit New Plymouth on Friday.

John Jordan, a life member of the New Zealand Alpine Club, said this year's Banff Film Festival would be held at the City West Church on Poplar Grove. Nine different films will be shown, taking about 21/4 hours.

Jordan sad there would be a "wide range of outdoor adventure activities" on the big screen as well as some "high-adrenaline" footage.

The feature length movie Heaven's Gate would show.

It followed a wingsuited daredevil's attempt to fly through a 30-metre wide mountain archway in China after jumping from a helicopter at 1800m.

The festival is held annually in Canada and its top films are then chosen to tour the world.

Jordan said this was the eighth year the festival had come to New Plymouth and it usually attracted between 200 and 250 people.

He said each ticket was numbered and there would be spot prizes to be given away by the festival's sponsors on the night.

Tickets cost $15 for New Zealand Alpine Club members, children and students and $20 for non- members and were available from Kiwi Outdoor centre on Ariki St.

A limited number of tickets would be available at the door on Friday night, cash sales only.

The films will start at 7.30pm.

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