Position in Formula One is the lead car. In
our documentary it is the vertical position
on a pole that our lead character, Mark Brydon,
He mostly works as a tree surgeon but in his
casual Australian manner he calls himself a
‘tree-lopper’. Climbing trees is
what he does for a living. His skills with ropes,
spikes and clamps are in high demand.
Police hired him to safely remove protesters
who chained themselves to the tree canopy. The
National Parks of Australia call upon him to
help catch koalas that need to be relocated.
Old ladies desperately sought his help to save
their kitten stuck in a high tree.
Mark is a free spirit who retains the joy and
enthusiasm of childhood with an almost superhuman
determination to overcome his fears and live
his dreams. Whatever he does in life, he wants
to be the best. When he heard about pole climbing
competitions he felt compelled to give it a
try. It may sound like a crazy sport...but it
is an exhilarating sight. These guys literally
run up smooth, vertical poles, with no branches
To participate in the world championships held
in England, he had to sell his most precious
possession, his motorbike. Not only did he win,
he also broke the world record. We will see
Mark working and training and - at the same
time - get to know the former British champion
who is equally determined to get the title back.
The plot of the documentary will be Mark’s
relentless efforts to remain in pole position,
and will culminate in the next world championship
where he will once again challenge the world’s
best pole climbers.
We will meet his family who are farm folk, as
is Mark himself. Hear from his parents and teachers
what Mark was like as a child, and through his
past gain insight into where his passion and
determination came from and how he learned to
tame and funnell it over the years. We will
see him get up at the crack of dawn for his
ritual of stretching followed by time trials
on the vertical pole set up in his front yard.
The film will be an explosive battle of wills
as both Mark and his opponant believe they will
win... Nature, sport and adventure are the key
elements in this gripping story.