Many of us would consider jumping of a cliff, walking a tightrope atop a mountain or surfing a highline acts of lunacy, but for others, they represent a quest for freedom. Some extreme adventurists consider the concept of being truly free both a physical and mental endeavour they will happily risk their life to obtain. It’s not just about conquering fear, but becoming truly free. This is the concept explored by Wells as he meets extreme sports performance artists, The Flying Frenchies, and takes on the challenge of his lifetime thousands of metres above the ground.
Directed by Toa Fraser who uses breathtaking cinematic backdrops to highlight the world of extreme sports, The Free Man is stunning and, for those who don’t like heights, vertigo inducing!
Shot in New Zealand and France, the film offers a rare insight into the story of men who push themselves to the point of no return; men who quite literally stare into the abyss and who embrace the fact that any moment, at the top of a peak or on the face of a cliff, could be their last.
You can watch the trailer below, or hold on for issue 31, out in June, for an exclusive interview with the Flying Frenchies.