From Fire to Ice 

A feature documentary entirely shot on iPhone 12. Using Dolby Vision HDR.

In January 2010, Rob Small was engulfed in a fire. He suffered 43% burns and was given a 1 in 4 chance of survival!

While working as a diving instructor on the island of Zanzibar. The house Rob was living in caught fire, trapping him inside. Rob was on fire for an estimated 22 seconds. He endured the most basic of ‘care’ receiving no painkillers not even paracetamol or IV fluids, until he was flown back to the UK. Some ten days later. 

At Chelsea & Westminster Hospital London he was diagnosed with 43% full thickness burns to most of his lower body. Given a 27% chance of survival. His family made plans for the worst. 

Doctors placed him into a coma, and with over 300 days in hospital, 35 operations (so far) including a hip replacement and the pain of having to learn to walk again, he needed something to focus on.

So the challenge was born, to circumnavigate on gravel bikes, one of the most dramatic landscapes on Earth. Iceland. This 1,000 km route will take Rob past active volcanoes, huge waterfalls, glaciers and even the opportunity to dive in-between the American and the European tectonic plates. 

But Iceland doesn't favour the foolish. Even in spring or summer the weather takes no prisoners. Each stroke of the pedal will place stress on the skin-graphs covering 90% of Rob's lower body. 

But by the nature of Rob’s very survival, if there's one thing he has its grit and determination. 

NOTE: This documentary film is a classic example of a participatory documentary. Where I as the filmmaker  am equally embedded into the films story.

This film was also made possible with the additional support of multiple brands including: 

Armadillo Merino
Cicerone Press
CUBE Bikes 
REAL Turmat
RODE Microphones
Stanfords Travel
TerraNova Equipment 


Category Advernture

Style Participatory

Genre Advernture 

Duration Feature 

Outlet Festival & Online


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