Film-goers are being offered a rare insight into the real life drama of a mountain rescue team at the Highland screening of a film premiere tonight.
Cairngorm rescuers feature in the 15-minute, black-and-white movie, which its creators say offers a “unique perspective” on the risks they take every day to save lives.
‘The Happy Warriors’ – which was shot in 35mm wide-screen format – was inspired by the best-selling autobiography ‘Cairngorm John’, which recalls the 30-year experience of former team leader John Allen who played a part in 1,000 rescues.
The film’s Brighton-based producer Rebecca Dale-Everett said: “We wanted to focus on the team rather than those they rescue. The team have been very generous.
“We hope it’s a unique perspective. Certainly, when we showed them the first cut they were quite amazed by it.
“The feedback from them is that it was like nothing they’d seen before.”
The movie was shot during team training exercises and on real rescues.
Its aim is to show an appreciation of the Cairngorms, its heroic volunteers and the area’s wildlife.
It also hopes to raise awareness of the lengths the volunteer rescuers go to helping those in peril on the hills.
The film is a testimony to team members past and present who explain their roles and the dangers they face on a regular basis.
It draws on the daily challenge of fundraising as well as the often appalling weather conditions which regularly tests their abilities to the extreme.
The Rock of Eye Films project was largely sponsored by Sandstone Press, which published Cairngorm John, and the British Mountaineering Council.
The film will be more widely distributed after tonight’s premiere which is at the Macdonald Spey Valley Cinema in Aviemore, starting at 7.30pm.
It will be followed by a question and answer session with the film’s makers.