Must-See for Those after Palpable Taste of Unique Adventure
What sets docudrama Beyond The Edge apart from hundreds of other accounts of Edmund Hillary and Norgay Tenzing’s Mount Everest ascent is the intimate footage of the small group that set off from base camp in Nepal in 1953, and the 600 Sherpas that carried all the gear and made it happen, Caroline Frost writes in a review of the film for the Huffington Post.
“Through both the jumpy show-reel and the memories of the group, we get to see Hillary through the eyes of his peers – big, bearded, grinning and jumping into icey rock pools with typically Antipodean sang froid. He was clearly a special case.
“From Edmund Hillary and his son Peter, we hear just how joyful the experience was, and important to the Kiwi that no individual glory be handed out to either men, but that the feat always be seen for the double act it was.
“A must-see for mountaineers everywhere, as well as those after the palpable taste of a unique adventure.”
The film, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, was directed by Auckland-based Leanne Pooley. It was filmed on location in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the Himalayas and Mt Everest itself. Nelson actor Chad Moffitt (pictured) stars as the young Hillary.
Beyond the Edge is out in UK cinemas now.
Original story by Caroline Frost, The Huffington Post, May 27, 2014.