Legend. Asshole. Enigma. Hero.
People would follow Gary Hemming anywhere: into bed, into trouble and up the most dangerous mountains in the world.
In 1966 Gary Hemming became the most famous man in France – an outsider, an American, no less, who defied the authorities with an audacious Alpine rescue: a daring DIY dash up notorious mountain the Dru.
In treacherous conditions, Hemming led his amateur climbers to unlikely heroics: up sheer cliff faces and through a lightning storm, to save the lives of people he didn’t even know. When he came down, he was lifted up: dubbed ‘Le Beatnik’ by the media, sucked into celebrity and away from what he loved. He couldn’t climb, he couldn’t cope. In 1969, he returned to America, to die – driven over the edge by his love/hate affair with fame. He climbed to escape the world, but couldn’t escape himself.
A Blue Hippo Media Production (UK/France)
Producers: Pip Piper / Nev Pierce
Script Written / Raising Finance
Writer / Director: Dominic Green
Co Writer: Mike Riddell
Due for filming Autumn 2013 /Spring 2014
Below is a short documentary we made about Gary Hemming called “Le Beatnik” whilst we were researching the story for the feature film.