Image Now / Irish Screen/ BBC / RTE 90′
Dir / Prod. Nick Ryan
Exec Prods. John Battsek / Alan Mahle / Nick Fraser
Writer. Mark Monroe / Composer. Nick Seymour / Cinematography. Robbie Ryan
WINNER: Sundance World Cinema Documentary Editing 2013
In competition London International Film Festival
THE SUMMIT is a feature length drama documentary about the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history. In August of 2008, 22 climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on Earth. 48 hours later, eleven had been killed or simply vanished into thin air. Like a horror movie come-to-life, it was as if the mountain began stealing lives, one climber at a time. At the feet of the heavens – ‘the death zone’ – the body literally dies with each passing second and the mind can play tricks. Morality above 8,000 metres is skewed 180 degrees from the rest of life. When a climber falls or wanders off the trail, the unwritten code of the sport is to leave them for dead. Survival depends on self- preservation at all costs.