This is the tale of two men from modest beginnings. Ed Hillary overcame his own demons and battled nature’s raw cruelty to conquer the highest peak in the world, together with Tenzing Norgay.
This is a truly experiential film for an audience to not only learn about the legendary expedition, but to be transported into taking part in the action that is ‘re-lived’ on the big screen in 3D as never seen before. Using original colour archival footage and photographs from the time, seamlessly interwoven with interviews as well as dramatic re-creations of the assault, this is a high-altitude ‘fly on the wall’ look inside one of the most inhospitable environments on earth and man’s ability to conquer.
This state-of-the-art feature film weaves together a number of components including dramatic reconstructions, re-enactments, colour archive footage and stills from the 1953 expedition, a number of interviews, graphics and actual newsreel footage.
The main focus of BEYOND THE EDGE is the astonishing climb itself. While the world acknowledges that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay “knocked the bastard off”, few people really know the details of just how they managed it, or grasp the dramatic moments that took place during that understated modest era of 1953. Although they had the best mountaineering equipment available at the time, by today’s standards the gear was relatively primitive.
Hillary and Tenzing carried the hopes and dreams of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the people of the Himalaya and the entire British Empire on their shoulders. As the world slowly recovered from the horrors of the second world war their efforts allowed people everywhere to believe a new age was dawning.
Certificate: PG Distributor: Metrodome
Dir. Leanne Pooley, New Zealand, 2013, 90 min
Cast: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight