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The Life Cycle film scoops top award

The Life Cycle film scoops top award

A film made by a University of Cumbria student that charts the construction of a bike made of bamboo that’s now journeying across South America has scooped a top award.

Lizzi Gilson's production 'The Life Cycle' was named Best Student Film by the British Mountaineering Council’s Women in Adventure film competition.

The production tells the story of former University of Cumbria lecturer Dr Kate Rawles and the bike she’s currently peddling the length of the continent.  At the moment Dr Rawles, from Ulverston, is in Columbia at the start of an expedition to cycle from Cartagena to Cape Horn following the spine of the Andes and exploring biodiversity along the route.

“I’m quite new to filming and I just started putting it together as the project to build the bike developed,” Lizzie a final year outdoor studies student said. ”I’m not on a film-making course; this is an add on to my assignment so winning the award was great news.”

A cash prize will go towards paying for the production of what Lizzie says is the logical sequel; a follow up on location in South America.

“What a year for the Women in Adventure film competition,” Emily Pitts, the British Mountaineering Council’s chief judge and founder of Women Climb said. “As a judge, it was amazing to see so many women having fun on their adventures. We are already excited for next year and encourage everyday adventurers to get started on their film creations.”

Tutors at the Ambleside campus where outdoor studies are based are delighted at the news.

“All her tutors in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria congratulate Lizzie on achieving the Best Student Film award at the BMC Women in Adventure film competition 2017,” Heather Prince associate professor Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies said. ”As a final year student, she manages to undertake superb film-making alongside her degree studies including ‘The Life Cycle’ film to raise awareness of critical environmental and biodiversity issues through adventure with a bamboo bike.  We wish her many future adventures in film-making in the outdoors!”