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Outdoor Movie - McConkey


Wed 26 Feb 2014, 8:30pm–10:45pm

Where: Ilam Fields, Ilam Road, opposite University of Canterbury, Christchurch

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • UC Students: $5.00
  • General Public: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Join UC SnowSports Club and be inspired by 'McConkey' the story of legendary athlete, and pioneering freeskier and ski base jumper Shane McConkey.

As part of the UCSA orientation week, Canterbury University Snow Sports Club is bringing you the McConkey Movie. The film is a biography of Shane McConkey. Shane is arguably the inventor of Big Mountain Skiing, but as the synopsis below suggested he is much more than that. Released in late 2013 CUSSC has been working hard to bring a public screening to New Zealand.

Check out the trailer - or read more on IMDB where it has had great reviews -

Movie synopsis:
An all-star roster of sports movie-making talent directs this heartfelt biography of extreme ski trailblazer Shane McConkey, once described as “the most influential skier ever.” McConkey covers forty years and countless high places to track Shane’s conversion from downhill racer to freeskiing marvel to pioneer of a hair-raising new discipline in ski BASE jumping. The film frames a question that takes on visceral implications with its video of long vertical drops: how do you really live your life to the fullest?

Winter, Wais and company blend Shane’s personal videos, their own extensive extreme sports footage and interviews with family and close friends—many of whom are themselves ski legends—to revise McConkey’s public persona as a single-minded wild man on the mountain. They reveal in his life and times an influential spirit and limitless drive, especially when he was preparing for his next great exploit. Meanwhile, an absent father casts a long shadow across Shane’s celebrity, turning McConkey into a thoughtful examination of the causes of success, the roots of inspiration and the meaning of responsibility.

Gates open at 8:30pm.
Movie kicks off at 9:00pm.

There'll be food and beverages on sale at the event. Feel free to bring blankets and chairs so you can view the movie in comfort.

Gate sales: $10 (Unless sold out prior)
Running time: 109 mins
Production Company: Matchstick productions and Redbull Media House

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