When George Mallory and Sandy Irvine attempted to reach the summit of Everest in 1924 they came closer than any previous attempt. Captain John Noel filmed in the harshest of conditions, with specially adapted equipment, to capture the drama of the fateful expedition. But it is the brooding presence of the mountain itself that is the heart of Noel’s film, and he captures the magical play of light and shadow on an alien landscape which enhances the vulnerability, isolation and courage of the mountaineers. This acclaimed new restoration by the BFI National Archive includes the original coloured tints and features a specially commissioned score by Simon Fisher Turner, which has just been voted no.1 soundtrack of the year by Mojo magazine.
The Epic of Everest will be released by the BFI in a Dual Format Edition (DVD/Blu-ray) on 20th January. Copies will be on sale on special offer exclusively at this event in advance of the release. The soundtrack album is out now on LP and CD.