A 3D adventure, mixing documentary and dramatic reenactments, following mountaineering great Sir. Edmund Hillary and his ascent of Mount Everest
In 1953, with Tenzing Norgay, the pair become the first to reach the world’s tallest summit. WETA visual effects artist Chad Moffitt makes his front-of-camera debut as Hillary. Director Leanne Pooley transports the viewer back in time sixty years to the foot of that seemingly unconquerable mountain, and recreates an incredible journey to the top. While many know that Sir Edmund Hillary (Moffitt) and Tenzing Norgay (Sonam Sherpa) were the first men to stand on the summit, few know how it happened.
Using rarely seen footage, and no narration other than the words of the expedition members themselves – culled from hours of archival interviews – Pooley recreates the conditions, the relationships, and the socio-historical context of the undertaking that had much of the world holding its breath.