Everest movie The Wildest Dream premieres at IMAX London

Posted on 21 September 2010
By Jo Ching
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Adventure documentary The Wildest Dream premieres at the BFI IMAX London on 24th September.

Altitude Films presents the stunning feature documentary of two climbers retracing British explorer George Mallory’s final attempt to conquer Mount Everest in 1924 and become the first person to conquer the world’s highest peak.

Directed by Emmy® award winning filmmaker Anthony Geffen, The Wildest Dream stars Mountaineer Conrad Anker and British rock-climbing prodigy Leo Houlding on their own quest to reach the summit of Everest.

Following the original North East Ridge route taken by Mallory to discover whether he and fellow climber Andrew “Sandy” Irvine could have reached the summit.

In their attempt they must free climb the infamous Second Step, a 90 foot sheer rock wall, just as Mallory and Irvine would have had to do eight decades earlier.

In 1999, renowned mountaineer Anker discovered Mallory’s frozen body high in the mountain’s “death zone” and his life became intertwined with Mallory’s story.

Haunted by the story, Anker returns to Everest to solve the enduring mystery surrounding the ill-fated expedition and the disappearance of one of the world’s greatest explorers.

Mallory risked everything in pursuit of his dream. And was last seen alive just 800 feet below the mountain’s peak, before the clouds closed in and he disappeared into legend. Mallory’s death stunned the world.

Remarkably, all Mallory’s belongings were found intact on his body. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit if he succeeded.

The Wildest Dream is a story of obsession and breathtaking adventure, told through the explorer’s poignant and evocative correspondence with his wife and using previously unseen photos and archive footage.

Narrated by Liam Neeson and featuring the voices of Ralph Fiennes as George Mallory, the late Natasha Richardson as Ruth Mallory, Hugh Dancy as Andrew “Sandy” Irvine and Alan Rickman as Noel Odell, the last person to see Mallory alive.

Serengeti Entertainment and National Geographic Entertainment (giant screen) present The Wildest Dream, an Altitude Films Production in association with Atlantic Productions.

It is directed by Anthony Geffen, in his first collaboration with executive producer Mike Medavoy, who has been behind seven Best Picture Academy Award-winning films.

Produced by Anthony Geffen and Claudia Perkins with Peter Miller as the editor. Directors of photography are Ken Sauls and Chris Openshaw. Joel Douek composed the music, which was recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

THE WILDEST DREAM opens at the BFI IMAX and cinemas across the UK from 24th September, 2010

Narrated by Liam Neeson

Featuring the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson,
Hugh Dancy and Alan Rickman

Certificate PG | Running Time 89 minutes