Filming the Impossible
FILMING THE IMPOSSIBLE – Book
This is a many faceted book: visually spectacular and also thrilling and suspenseful in the tales it has to tell; uncluttered by technicalities but providing fascinating notes on photography at the end; moving in its evocation of courage and comradeship but uncompromising in its dedication to hard-headed reality.
One of the best illustrated and most honest books about climbing and high risk sports ever published.
The writing flows smoothly and often wittily; hair-raising episodes wryly written in the long tradition or British understatement which is so effective in putting across the underlying danger. An interesting, exciting and amusing book, and not one to be missed.
The author writes with amused enthusiasm . the pictures throughout are marvelous..
A decade of wildly exciting, nail-biting, often almost improbable adventures and travels, meeting remarkable people in strange circumstances and places, is described in an easy, entertaining style, bubbling with infectious enthusiasm and effeervescent humour; it is written with a rare modesty by a man who has nothing to be modest about. No less enthralling than the excellent text are the many superb colour pictures, breath- taking in their incredible daring and sheer beauty; the whole book it a top quality production.
He is one of those rare adventurers who thrives on death-defying feats and manages to communicate the excitement and drama of it all through film and book. For anyone who starts feeling vertigo on the fourth floor of Debenhams, a few hours escape with Dickinson can provide a lifetimes adventure by proxy. His astonishing adventures include filming a canoeing team coming close to drowning on Icy torrents in the Himalayas sledging across the Patagonian ice cap, sky-diving out of balloons over the Sahara and the mind-bending expedition that proved it was possible to climb Everest without oxygen. The excitement, danger and agony of these excursions in the most appalling conditions comes clearly through in this book. Backing up the text are more than 150 superb colour photographs with an appendix of technical information on how they were taken. Few of us will ever be privileged or even want to experience sky diving or following Whymper’s toe holds up the Matterhorn but, thanks to Dickinson, we can share the adventure through his television films and by reading Filming the Impossible.
Dartford & Swanley cronical
Whether it is taking part in the first filmed scaling of the North face of the Eiger, canoeing down the worlds highest river or acting as ballast in an attempt onthe world balloon altitude record, Dickinson is entertaining, fascinating and engagingly honest. Of course it is not just the writing that makes this book so special. The photographs are unforgettable. This book should prove a treasure-trove for adventurers, film butts, mountain lovers and photography fans.