ED DOUGLAS, AUTHOR & JOURNALIST (ALPINE JOURNAL, GUARDIAN)
"Powerful and thought-provoking... It’s an accomplished and valuable piece of work. This is the kind of careful, slow, well-considered work getting squeezed out in the commercial stampede the outdoors has become." Read more
SIR CHRIS BONINGTON, CVO, CBE, DL, MOUNTAINEER & AUTHOR
"Fascinating and very moving"
ANDY KIRKPATRICK, CLIMBER & AUTHOR
"An important, beautiful film"
JURY of MOUNTAINFILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, GRAZ, AUSTRIA - AWARDED GRAND PRIZE
"...The projected ascent and photo of a successful summit attempt turns out to become a descent into the depth of a human soul. This film does not only answer the question about the meaning of taking such a risk, it also answers the question which almost all submitted films deal with: Why? Therefore, the Grand Prix Graz 2017 goes to Steve Wakeford for Magnetic Mountain." Read more
"...one of the most important mountain films in recent years, perhaps ever (and I've seen hundreds). I already want to watch it again: it's so layered and psychologically insightful. It skilfully weaves profound themes about risk, reward, experience, wisdom, care, fulfilment, reflection, meaning, passion, purpose and, most of all, love, together beautifully. It has purpose well beyond our own crazy community." Ali Turnham
"Mind-blowing is an understatement. Connected on so many personal levels... Words will never sum up this movie, deep is a pure understatement and amazing doesn’t give it enough credit." Lisa King
"...beyond wonderful, so intimate, funny, touching, thought provoking and above all a love letter to your wonderful family. Absolutely sacred." Kerry Lewis
"...a beautiful film addressing vital questions in not just our mountaineering world but in every day life" Olly Alkema
"Amazing, beautiful and powerful story. Will take some time to process" Charley Radcliffe
"Fantastic watch. Beautifully shot and wonderfully told. Thought provoking and life affirming... You’ve made me feel that I am valued as a stay at home Dad! Thank you." Sean
"Magnetic Mountains is one of those rare films that really makes you think. It addresses difficult subjects that we all too often steer away from. It's not really Steve's journey, it's the journey everyone pushing their limits takes. It's not the adrenaline filled, hi-gloss, film that will have you oohing and aahing from one spectacular scene to another but it's a film that will leave a lasting impression. In Steve's self-questioning the film reminds us to question ourselves, to value a wider experience and above all "from the beginning, think what may be the end" Read more
"...it features some classic mountain shots, climbing sections, personal interviews about the mountains, clever footage of gear and crampons but what’s unique is that its the first open, emotional and honest story I’ve seen that includes all of the above plus the exploration with psychologists, climbing/mountain legends (such as Chris Bonnington, Andy Parkin, Steve House) and others surrounding Steve but mostly because it totally and utterly exposes Steve as a human being, with all its frailty as he opens up his whole life to the camera – his doubts, his mistakes, his ego and his life journey" Read more