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The Conquest of Everest

The Conquest of Everest

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When:

  • Wed 29 Nov, 7:00pm – 8:25pm
  • Thu 30 Nov, 7:00pm – 8:25pm

Where:

Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Concession: $8.00

Website:

Ngā Taonga

The Conquest of Everest received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category in 1954. Bosley Crowther of the New York Times called it “a photographic triumphant beyond compare.”

It would be hard to exaggerate the impact of The Conquest of Everest - and of course the expedition it portrays - on the cinema audiences of 1953. Made by Countryman Films, a small production company more accustomed to shooting cute animal documentaries, and financed on a relatively small budget of £8,000, it hoovered up accolades and audiences around the world... The extraordinary colour footage was shot by Tom Stobart and George Lowe, with aerial photography provided by the Indian Air Force… The film also gives equal weight to the experience of the Sherpas, the British and New Zealand crew without the chauvinism that might have been expected from a documentary of its time… Poet Louis MacNeice's commentary captures the tension and physical struggle of the climb, and adds romance and emotion to the spectacular photography… To convey the challenge of the icy landscape, MacNeice quaintly compares the South Col to the moon: "a place outside of human experience”." — Ann Ogidi

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