Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2018
|Best Cinematography in a Documentary|
|Best Sound in a Documentary|
|Best Original Music Score in a Documentary|
|Best Feature Length Documentary|
|Best Editing in a Documentary|
Directed by Jennifer Peedom and written with naturalist Robert Macfarlane and narrated by Willem Dafoe this film needs ia an absolute must for the BIG SCREEN !
Accompanied by a classical music score that is so effective in emphasizing the magnitude of these tall mountains and their craggy peaks, the viewer is drawn into the beauty of what our planet has to offer.
With Dafoe’s wonderful narration that holds our attention throughout the 74 minutes of the film, we are taken on a journey of how civilization feared these magnificent volcanic produced natural wonders, holding them as feared and sacred in past centuries. It was only in the last century we began to want to explore the magnificence of what was above us.
In our early explorations of the 20th century we were still curious and cautious on these expeditions. There is wonderful footage of these early expeditions, but as we ventured into the mid / late century with technological advancement, we became more more daring with larger and bolder expeditions, with some disastrous results.
By the turn of the century we were now no longer just satisfied with exploration. We became obsessed with climbing the highest peaks and being assisted en masse on these expeditions particularly Everest. Then in the last 20 years there was the other extremes of climbing, cycling, skiing and snow boarding these dangerous peaks both in winter and summer with death defying desires. and realities. a lot is covered in the these 74 minutes.