The Epic of Everest

Out now in cinemas across the UK

The third attempt to climb Everest culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an on-going debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit. Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a hand-cranked camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet and features sequences at Phari Dzong (Pagri), Shekar Dzong (Xegar) and Rongbuk monastery. But what resonates so deeply is Noel’s ability to frame the vulnerability, isolation and courage of people persevering in one of the world’s harshest landscapes. The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones. Revealed by the restoration, few images in cinema are as epic – or moving – as the final shots of a blood red sunset over the Himalayas.

A newly commissioned score composed, orchestrated and conducted by Simon Fisher Turner (The Great White Silence) features a haunting combination of electronic music, found sounds, western and Nepalese instruments and vocals.

New restoration by the BFI National Archive. The restoration was supported by The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity.

Venues

2 February 2014
Theatr Clywd, Mold, Flintshire

2-3 February 2014
New Park Chichester

17 February 2014
Robert Burns Dumfries

20 February 2014
Neuadd Dwyfor Gwynedd

27 February 2014
No.6 Portsmouth

28 February 2014
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow

16 March 2014
Riverside Hammersmith

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  • The Epic of Everest

    The Epic of Everest

    A remarkable film record of the legendary Everest expedition of 1924, newly restored by the BFI National Archive.

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