Venue: The Great Hall, Oundle School, New St, Oundle
Matt Dickinson is a film-maker and writer who is best known for his award winning novels and his documentary work for National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and the BBC.
Specialising in adventure documentaries, Matt Dickinson's credits include ITV's Voyager, BBC1's Classic Adventure and several hour-long films such as Channel 4's Encounters, Equinox and ITV's Network First.
Matt was one of the climbers caught in the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. In the pre-monsoon Everest season of 1996, amid the worst weather conditions on record, Dickinson made a successful ascent of Mount Everest's notorious North Face, with Alan Hinkes, Britain's foremost high-altitude climber. This route is one of the most technically demanding climbs on the world's highest peak, beating hurricane-force winds and temperatures of minus 70 degrees Celsius. Three of the eight deaths on Everest that day were on the North Face.
He became one of the first British film-makers to film on the summit and return alive, and his film called Summit Fever has now been seen by more than twenty million people worldwide. It is acclaimed as a compelling story of human triumph and disaster. His written account of the same expedition, The Death Zone, has been published to critical acclaim in more than fifteen different countries. Matt has visited schools across the UK to show students his achievements in his life, including being part of the first camera crew to summit Mount Everest.
His programmes have been broadcast in more than thirty-five countries and have won awards at film festivals such as the Graz Mountain Film Festival, The Trento Mountain Film Festival and the Napa/Sonoma Film Festival.
Recently Matt has started writing fiction for teenage readers. His debut thriller series Mortal Chaos was well received by critics and readers alike. Matt has followed this up with The Everest Files, a dramatic and popular trilogy set on the world’s highest mountain. Lie Kill Walk Away is his latest teen thriller. When he’s not writing, Matt tours the UK, speaking at schools and colleges and inspiring a new generation of adventurers.
Tickets £8 (£6), £1 off early bird tickets bought before 4th March, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.
Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri: Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk
Any queries call Helen on 07743988181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org