Beyond the Edge

Synopsis: Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.
Director(s): Leanne Pooley
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


Well, now, the Himalay as...

Well, we introduce to you this morning

Ed Hillary, a very interesting

personality in the alpine world.

- Good morning, Ed.

- Good morning.

How many attempts have been

made on Everest altogether?

Well, there have

been at least 10.

Well, why have

the others failed?

A combination of circumstances

which hasn't been right.

Well, do you think

it's possible to climb Everest?

Yes, I definitely think

it's possible to climb it

and, well, I'm sure

it will be done some day.

It's only 60 years ago, but

it was a completely different world,

and the idea that

you would be the first man

to stand on the highest

point on earth

is a quest, a romantic quest,

There was a real race on

for the world's highest peak,

And it wasn't just Britain,

There were other nations

in the queue,

This really was Britain's

last chance to grab this great prize,

Nobody knew if someone

could survive at 29,000 feet,

Like the guys going into space,

you know, you're breaking frontiers,

There is a physiologic limit

of what human beings can take,

I'm sure they didn't want to die,

but you're taking risks in which

death is one of the outcomes,

You are going into the unknown,

Could it be done?

Back in 1953, it was

a great big question mark,

I think

it's all really a matter of challenge,

Not so much challenge

only with the mountain,

but challenge with oneself,

seeing if you can force yourself

to overcome your fears

and hopefully, ultimately,

get to the top,

Members of

the British Everest expedition

have begun assembling

on the Subcontinent

where deputy leader Major Wylie

is looking forward

to the adventure to come.

We are very pleased

that the first stage

of our journey

to Mount Everest is over.

We are now off towards the hills.

If we get some fine weather

towards the end of May

just before the monsoon arrives

we should have a chance

of getting to the top.

The first time I joined up

with the expedition

was at the British Embassy

in Kathmandu,

We had 13 Western members

of the expedition,

John Hunt, a senior army officer,

was expedition leader,

I'd really never heard

of John Hunt before

and the first time I met him

was in Kathmandu,

I was very keen

to have people I knew already

so I had big

question marks about Ed,

I can only say that

from the moment I met Ed

I knew that here was somebody

who would be a dominating influence,

He was a tower of strength,

Mr Hillary,

as a matter of interest,

how long have you been climbing?


I've been climbing, I suppose,

for altogether about 10 years.

And how many trips have you done

out of New Zealand climbing?

I have already had a couple

of expeditions to the Himalay a.

You were quite strictly

brought up, weren't you?

I was brought up

during the Depression

and my family was pretty

short on cash during that period,

I was just a rough

old country boy, as it were,

A beekeeper,

A beekeeper,

I used to wander around our farm

dreaming about great adventures

and climbing mountains

and all that sort of thing,

What a contrast between

beekeeping on the one hand

and climbing mountains,

Oh, not really,

In the beekeeping, I was constantly

lugging around

80-pound boxes of honey,

And my brother was also

doing beekeeping, and we competed,

And I think the sense of competition

carried on to

my mountaineering activities,

Well, the party were first

all together as a team in Kathmandu,

Before us we had 17 days

of marches to Tengboche,

which is where we were going

to place our first base camp,

We had to cross a succession

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