To The Rainbow

To The Rainbow

2 ratings
Paul Pritchard returns years after his accident with old friend Johnny Dawes to one of their teenage stomping grounds.


Runner Up, Best Climbing Film, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

Prize for Inner Strength, International Festival of Mountain Film, Poprad

One of the best shorts that features in the longer Welsh Connections. Intense and moving characterisations as old friends combat difficult climbing and paralysing injury.

'Great though this video [Welsh Connections] is, it is the other extra 'To The Rainbow', where an exceptional emotional power lies. In this, Johnny Dawes returns to the Rainbow Slab in the Llanberis slate quarries with Paul Pritchard. Paul famously had a serious accident on the Totem Pole in Tasmania resulting in a dreadful head injury (read Paul's brilliant book The Totem Pole if you want to know more). Paul has been left with limited use on his right side and has not only learned to walk again but even, remarkably, to climb again. Johnny and Paul were two of the most significant pioneers of hard, bold climbing on the slate back in the 80s and in this video they return to climb again on the stage of some of their greatest achievements. It's probably the most inspiring and moving piece of climbing filming I've ever watched, although not without moments of humour. Powerful and emotional and a fantastic portrait of friendship, it's a great big thank you to Bamboo Chicken for capturing it.' – Ian Smith,

About the Film

Release Date
Award Winners, Climbing, Culture, Disability Inspired and Mountaineering
Paul Pritchard and Johnny Dawes
Dave Brown
Lynwen Brown
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To The Rainbow


Brian Hall
8 July 2011

Very well put together short film. Engaging.

16 June 2011

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