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At Home In The Steep Places: The Story of Bill Peascod Artwork by Alan Roper

Film: At Home In The Steep Places: The Story of Bill Peascod

Feature-length documentary film screening about Maryport-born miner, rock climber and artist Bill Peascod (1920-1985), followed by Q&A with filmmakers Steve Wharton and Natalie Wilson from 28 Dales Later.

A 28 Dales Later film. Directed by Steve Wharton & Perrin Walker.

At Home In The Steep Places charts Bill's life from a challenging childhood in the Cumberland coalfields and involvement in the mines rescue teams at Lowca and William Pit disasters to his pioneering of new rock climbing routes in 1940s Buttermere.

He became an abstract landscape painter after emigrating to Australia in 1952 where he developed 'burnt' paintings. He returned to Cumbria in 1980 and drew on Japanese influences to paint his beloved fells, which he had resumed climbing with new friends such as Bill Birkett, Sir Chris Bonington and Don Whillans.

Filmed in England, Australia and Japan, the film is presented by Steve Wharton, Natalie Wilson and Perrin Walker. It features interviews with people who knew Bill, climbing and art specialists, rare archive material, photographs by the Abraham Brothers and a soundtrack by Cumbrian and Australian musicians.

View the trailer


Q&A session

Steve Wharton and Natalie Wilson will be available after the screening for a Q&A about their 28 Dales Later podcasts and the making of At Home In The Steep Places.

Booking information

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Performance times and tickets

  • Thursday 23 September 2021 • 7.30pm
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  • Running time approx 90min

    Booking fee of up to £1.50 may apply

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