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Off the Edge Film (Excerpts) – 1977 Sport Documentary

Off the Edge

Film (Excerpts) – 1977 Sport Documentary

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Saw this film in the 70s in NZ. From that day I wanted to do hang gliding, but had to wait until the day I turned 17 in 1981. Fantastic inspirational film.

Mike ryan

Mike ryan 15 Apr 2015 - 11.02pm

Fabulous! I used to have a video of this film too. Great filming and music to match. Love the preparation for flight sequence - takes me back to learning to hang glide near Brighton, England in 1975 - and the flying shots are magic.
Must try to get the DVD.

Mike Hibbit

Mike Hibbit 29 Mar 2015 - 10.01am

I remembered watching this on TV growing up in Christchurch - on the back door I saw the Southern Alps during the winter months with snow on the Alps. These guys are the pioneers on such filming in adverse conditions to make truly awesome footage of New Zealand beauty...that even after I moved overseas 30 yrs its still a beautiful country that makes me appreciate every time I go home to New Zealand that it still the same when I departed New Zealand for its pristine mountains & National Parks.


Lance 26 Sep 2014 - 09.39pm

Loved it for different reasons, I owned a pony named George with a white question mark shape on his head. That was him in this film!

Deb kingsland

Deb kingsland 24 Oct 2013 - 07.32pm

I just want to credit the most excellent music to John Hanlon with his song "Higher Trails". He has a couple of new albums: Just Quietly and 12 Shades of Blue, both of which are excellent and are available through Marbecks.

Bruce Hudson

Bruce Hudson 10 May 2012 - 09.31am

The dvd of the film can be purchased from various nz sources for about $20. Three such are:

Charles Eggen

Charles Eggen 30 Jun 2011 - 02.09pm

Great film! Used to own it on video as a kid! Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this film or the soundtrack list?


kazza 30 Jun 2011 - 04.31am

Hi Marty - there is a follow-up film called The Leading Edge. You can see it in full here:

19 Aug 2010 - 08.58am

Hi Mike,although I've seen this wonderful adventure film more than 100 times its such a buzz to see it again and actually have a copy.Is there a sequel ??? marty campbell

martha campbell

martha campbell 19 Aug 2010 - 05.03am

Thanks Mike - I have placed an order.

Charles Eggen

Charles Eggen 13 Jul 2010 - 11.02am

we now have an off the edge website dvd's will be available to purchase from end of july
mike firth director

mikef firth

mikef firth 12 Jul 2010 - 03.49pm

I loved this film when I was a teenager and am so glad I found these clips - please, please release it as a DVD it is brilliant and inspirational and would be wonderful for today's newcomers to ski touring, off piste and backcountry skiing. Thanks so much!

Erica Mason

Erica Mason 11 May 2010 - 02.10am

Thank you, thank you for this, or should I say "Thanks" to Michael Firth for allowing you to do this. Now perhaps you can get him to make it available on DVD. Since both 'The Leading Edge' and 'Off The Edge' have never found their way to dvd, it would seem appropriate to put both on one DL DVD. The Billy T. James fans would welcome the former and the skiing/hang gliding fans would carry the latter. In the meanwhile, I will have a link to this page to help steer folks to another great example at your wonderful site.

Charles Eggen

Charles Eggen 8 Apr 2010 - 09.13am

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