MOUNTAIN [AUSTRALIA – Documentary], THU 4 APRIL 8PM

By January 22, 2018 Homepage, Season 20 Films

A spectacular documentary that asks what mountains mean to us and why we are compelled to conquer them.  It features adrenaline-rushing footage and music by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives?

From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers.

Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane’s acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind, and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience.

A truly amazing view from the top.The Guardian ★★★★

For those terrified of heights, Mountain will be a nonstop nightmare. Yet big scares are a small price for the awe-inspiring footage you’ll see.The New York Times

How the hell did they film that?The Irish Times ★★★★

A ravishing feat of vertiginous filmmaking. – The Hollywood Reporter

A sublime rush of adrenaline and orchestral beauty…not for the faint-hearted. – The Guardian ★★★★

Australia, 2017 | Language: English | 76 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Jennifer Peedom

Narrator:  Willem DeFoe

Music: Australian Chamber Orchestra