July 4, 2014
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Leanne Pooley
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Leanne Pooley, Matthew Metcalfe
Starring: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight, Joshua Rutter, Dan Musgrove, Erroll Shand
“It’s not the mountain we conquer – but ourselves.” ~ Sir Edmund Hillary Sixty years ago on May 29, 1953 two men stood on the top of the world for the first time. As news of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s conquest of Mt Everest filtered out on June 2 the world was already in a mood to celebrate as Queen Elizabeth II prepared for her Coronation. In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of earth’s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Edmund Hillary, a modest bee-keeper and keen mountaineer from Auckland, New Zealand, and the very experienced Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, of Nepal,finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. Hillary and Tenzing carried the hopes and dreams of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the people of the Himalayas and the entire British Empire on their shoulders. As the world slowly recovered from the horrors of World War II their efforts allowed people everywhere to believe a new age was dawning. For the first time, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund’s story is brought to life on the big screen, ‘relived’ using both original footage, photographs and newsreels as well as dramatized reconstructions of the ascent in 3D.