About the film
Based on Andy's best-selling auto-biography of the same name, Psycho Vertical explores the intricate mind of Andy Kirkpatrick, a world-class climber and alpinist who lives a life of conflicting desires and identities. Firmly grounded by his impoverished upbringing in 1970s Hull, from a young age Andy’s head has been in the clouds, filled with grand ideas of discovering who he is and what exactly he’s made of, spurred on by his father’s absence and translated into ascents of some of the world’s most dangerous alpine routes. Though he knows the pain of living in poverty, pursuing his dreams comes before making a living. While compelled to share his chaotic personal life and make audiences crumple with laughter on stage, he chooses to test himself on some of the world’s longest and most difficult climbs totally alone. A proud father, he cannot help but put ambition over security, even if that means risking his life time and again. By exploring his past, his present and his motivation for pushing his limits to the absolute extreme, we follow Andy on an 18-day, solo ascent of El Capitan, where life on the wall is precarious, tough and ‘crushingly lonely’, creating a raw and intimate portrait of one of climbing’s most controversial, unpredictable and celebrated figures and as a result, exploring how our pasts shape us, drive us forward and stay with us all our lives.
Your Own Cinema Screening
You can now arrange your very own cinema screening with Ourscreen!Read more
Psycho Vertical and the Alp-Con Film Tour
We're pleased to announce that Psycho Vertical will be part of this year's Alp-Con Cinema Tour.Read more
Review from Blog Descalada
Thanks to Blog Descalada for their thoughts on Psycho VerticalRead more
Big Win at VIMFF!
We're thrilled to have won Best Climbing Film at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival.Read more
Gwen Moffat on Psycho Vertical
Star of our 2015 film Operation Moffat, 93 year-old Gwen casts her eye over Psycho Vertical...Read more
Ed Douglas on Psycho Vertical
An insightful and thought-provoking review of our film from the mighty Ed Douglas.Read more
Best Climbing Film at Banff Mountain Film Festival
We're so excited to have won an Oscar of the adventure film world!Read more
Ask Andy Event at Kendal Mountain Festival
Come join us for an informal hang out at Kendal Mountain Festival for a beer and a chat.Read more
Our Trailer is Live!
The Psycho Vertical trailer is now live and kicking! Next step? Screenings!Read more
Making Of Clips…
We've been putting together some fun short clips from our time making Psycho Vertical, from packing our truck full of big wall kit to outtakes from interviews.Read more
The Psycho Vertical Poster!
Finally we can share our beautiful poster for the film, designed by Jamie Mack.Read more
See you in Kendal!
What better place to celebrate our European premiere than at Kendal Mountain Festival, who have been a great support to Light Shed Pictures over the years. Andy and I will be around one all weekend, come and say hello!Read more
See you in Banff!
We're incredibly excited to have the Psycho Vertical world premiere hosted by the wonderful team at Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. Andy and I will both be there and look forward to sharing the film after all these years of work, as well as doing some schmoozing of course. See you there!Read more
The UK Shoot
A round up of our time spent filming the UK sequences of Psycho Vertical, all the seasons in one week!Read more