Autumn Documentary Film Season 12th October to 7th November 2013

The Epic of Everest

Thursday 7th November @ 6.30pm
The Epic of Everest (85 minutes)
Director: Captain John Noel
UK 1924

60 years since Everest was finally conquered and 100 years since Captain John Noel first set eyes on the mountain itself, this newly restored official film record of the legendary 1924 Everest expedition has just been released. This record of the third attempt to climb Everest is one of the most remarkable films in the BFI National Archive.

The 1924 Everest expedition culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an ongoing debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit.

Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a specially adapted 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.

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