KATHMANDU, Nepal-A newly restored version of a film documenting an early attempt to scale world’s highest peak will be shown as part of this year’s BFI London Film Festival to be held from Oct. 9 to Oct. 20, the British Film Institute announced Tuesday.
“The Epic of Everest,” directed by the British explorer Capt. John Noel, followed the 1924 expedition led by George Mallory, in which both Mallory and another climber Andrew Irvine died.
After the Oct. 18 premiere of the restoration at the festival, “The Epic of Everest” will also be released in British theaters according to New York Times.
It remains still vague whether Mallory and Irvine succeeded to atop the 8848 m Everest before they went away. If they succeeded, they would have surpassed Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay by nearly 30 years.
According to a report in The Times, for the 1924 effort, Noel used four cameras, aiming to capture “the fascination of those secluded, lofty, divinely beautiful mountains of Tibet and the implacable majesty of the supreme mountain herself.”
‘The Epic of Everest” portrayed “a key moment in the history of mountaineering and remains an enduring monument to Mallory and Irvine,’ Robin Baker, the film institute’s head curator said in a statement.