Magazine article Geographical

Beyond the Edge (3D)

Magazine article Geographical

Beyond the Edge (3D)

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directed by Leanne Pooley

100 minutes, PG

Over the next couple of years we're going to see a lot of Mount Everest in 3D. Universal is currently shooting a 3D spectacular on the infamous 1996 expedition and Google Earth is rumoured to be 'doing something' on the mountain. First of the crop, however, is this New Zealand drama documentary by the award-winning director Leanne Pooley, which is showing in UK cinemas from 23 May. Mixing dramatised reconstructions and original footage from the 1953 film The Conquest of Everest, as well as a large number of original photographs, it tells the story of the 1953 expedition principally from Ed Hillary's point of view.

Following the style set by the Formula One biopic Senna, there are no talking head interviews bar a few brief BBC news clips. Instead, there's a dense montage of sound interviews, drawing on archival recordings of Hillary, George Band and Mike Westmacott, as well as newly recorded interviews with Norbu Tenzing and Peter Hillary, as well as such Everest luminaries as Stephen Venables, Jim Whittaker and Peter Hackett. …

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