Directed by Dean Leslie – The African Attachment

South Africa / 2012

Human beings don’t always make rational decisions. But making irrational decisions is precisely what makes us human. These decisions, based on an impulse or a feeling, often lead us to those perfect moments when it feels great to be alive.

“The Beauty of the Irrational” follows Ryan Sandes, a South African Ultra-Runner, as he returns to the Fish River Canyon to run the 5 day, 84km, Fish River Canyon Hiking Trail in the fastest time possible. He completed the run, self-supported, in amazing time of 6h 57min!


Director’s Bio

The African Attachment was established in 2006 by Producer, Greg Fell and Director, Dean Leslie. It was formed with the goal of creating independent films with a distinctive brand of visual storytelling.

Based in Cape Town, “TAA” offers a full production and post-production service solution to Producers and Clients both locally and abroad.

The African Attachment has been instrumental in the growth and production of global outdoor brand Salomon Sports’ Documentary Series, Salomon Running TV. Since launching this series in 2011, TAA has produced over 20 documentaries for Salomon and they are currently in post-production on Season 4 and moving into pre-production on Season 05.

In 2012 TAA was responsible for the acclaimed short, “The Beauty of the Irrational” and most recently in 2014 they produced, alongside Red Bull Media House, the documentary “Travailen” – an ambitious and beautifully executed documentation of Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel’s attempt of the 220km Drakensberg Grand Traverse.

To date, TAA have produced and filmed content on all 7 continents, have over 3 million hits across their online portfolio and have had their work feature at a host of local and international film festivals.

This young independent film company is continuously growing and pushing boundaries and is at the forefront of a new wave of commercial independent filmmaking.ruan-sandes-the-beauty-of-irrational-610x320[1]


  • Director: Dean Leslie
  • Producer: Greg Fell
  • Himself: Ryan Sandes