Ask most people what they think of BASE jumping, and they’ll look at you with raised eyebrows and say something along the lines of “I’ve heard that’s pretty dangerous.” And to be fair to those people, they’d be making a pretty valid point. Since it began, BASE jumping has claimed more than 200 lives and injured countless others.
This insightful documentary, entitled The Road To KL, explores one man’s love for a sport thought by many to be the most extreme on the planet. The film, made by David Robson in partnership with Prime & Fire Selects, Talenthouse and BFI Future Film, introduces us to 24-year-old BASE jumper Sam Hardy.
Following Hardy, as he prepares for the calendar-melting KL Tower International Jumping event in Malaysia, the film gives us a chance to understand what drives a man to risk life and limb on a regular basis. Sam doesn’t let the morbid aspects of his sport discourage him, and instead uses the mistakes of the past to ensure that he can go on living his dream for as long as possible.
Prime & Fire Selects, in association with Factory Media, is an annual film competition giving up-and-coming filmmakers the funds and support to create short human-interest documentaries within the realms of action sports.