A SERIES of action and adventure films featuring intrepid characters, extreme expeditions and stunning cinematography is coming to the North East.

The Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm is one of the venues around the UK and Ireland chosen to host The Banff Mountain Film Festival - two new collections of inspirational films from the wildest corners of the planet.

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The Yarm screening will take place on May 6. Other venues in the region to host the festival include Whitley Bay Playhouse (March 4 and 5, York Barbican (March 31) and the Royakl Hall, Harrogate (April 28).

Tour director Nell Teasdale said: “We are so excited to be sharing these awe-inspiring new films with audiences around the UK and Ireland – up on the big screen.

The Northern Echo:

“As well as adrenaline-packed stories from the world’s best adventure filmmakers, Banff events are a celebration of the great outdoors with a vibrant atmosphere – and we guarantee audiences will leave inspired to have an adventure of their own too.”

As well as thrilling films, each event features a free prize draw for outdoorsy goodies from the tour’s partners.

Banff tour films are chosen from hundreds of entries into the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which is held every November in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

The UK and Ireland tour will visit over 50 locations in spring and autumn 2022.

Film highlights include:

* Exit the North Pole: In 24-hour darkness and with temperatures down to minus 40 degrees, polar explorers Børge Ousland and Mike Horn attempt the unimaginable: a 1,500km ski expedition across the frozen Arctic Ocean, via the North Pole. With drifting ice and the threat of polar bears, this gruelling journey has been described as the boldest polar expedition of modern times.

The Northern Echo:

* Dream Mountain: Defying societal norms, elite climber Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita has had a trailblazing career, summiting K2, Everest and other world-class peaks. Life changed with the birth of her son, but Pasang decides that to be the best mother she can, she needs to follow her dreams again. Transcending expectations and returning to her life-long passion, Pasang attempts her dream mountain: a spectacular Nepalese peak called Cholatse.

The Northern Echo:

* West Highland Way: Rab Wardell’s record attempt Stretching from Scotland’s largest city to the iconic highland town of Fort William, the 95- mile West Highland Way is a long-distance path loved by walkers. It’s also the subject of fierce competition between elite mountain bikers, all vying to set a fastest known time record on the challenging route. Enter former pro rider Rab Wardell, who’ll need all of his bike handling skills and endurance to make history in his beloved homeland.

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For more information and to book tickets, see www.banff-uk.com.

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