Touching the VoidDirector: Kevin Macdonald, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron
In 1985, two adventurous young mountaineers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, set off to climb the treacherous west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. They were experienced climbers, and climbed "Alpine-style," climbing the mountain in "one great push," without setting up ropes or base camps ahead of time. After dealing with a snowstorm and some dangerous climbing over powder formations, they reached the summit (about 21,000 feet) on the third day. The climb down proved to be far more difficult. Simpson fell and broke his leg badly. Yates decided to try to lower Simpson down the mountain, one 300-foot section of rope at a time. The climbers had run out of gas to melt snow, so they couldn't risk stopping as night came, and a violent snowstorm began. Their plodding, painful journey hit a snag when Yates inadvertently lowered Simpson over the edge of a cliff. In the storm, the men couldn't hear each other's cries, and, Yates, uncertain as to Simpson's position, and gradually sliding down the slope himself, decided to cut the rope that connected them, sending Simpson plummeting to certain death. Miraculously, Simpson survived the fall, and was faced with the prospect of getting off the mountain alone with no food, no water, and a broken leg. In Touching the Void, filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September) tells their story, based on Simpson's book, using contemporary interviews with the two men, and a reenactment of their climb and descent, featuring Brendan Mackey as Simpson and Nicholas Aaron as Yates. Touching the Void was shown at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival.
The most harrowing movie about mountain climbing I have seen, or can imagine.
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Cast & Crew
|Brendan Mackey||Joe Simpson|
|Nicholas Aaron||Simon Yates|
|Patrick Bill||Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Mike Duffield||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Charles Furneaux||Executive Producer|
|Robin Gutch||Executive Producer|
|Alex Heffes||Score Composer|
|Nick Laws||Asst. Director|
|Paul Sowerbutts||Associate Producer|
|Joakim Sundström||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Paul Trijbits||Executive Producer|
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My son and I saw this film in Salt Lake this winter. Hold onto your seats! This is one realtistic portrayal of an actual climb. What these two go through is incredible. I highly recommend this movie for any outdoor enthuiast or anyone who thinks his burden in life is heavy. Truly an inspiration applicable to everyday life in the sense that - you can do it - but only if you try. We enjoyed every minute of the film and will be buying the DVD. If you could have seen the expressions on our faces as we watched the movie, you would easily understand our enthusiasm for the people who put this highly realistic re-enactment together and brought real climbing to the screen. FANTASTIC!!! I'll never forget it or the feeling of inpsiration I had watching it. Sylvester Stallone - go back to boxing films.
This is one of those extraordinary films, most particularly because it is true and you have commentary throughout the film by the interesting people who lived it. What is next for any of us is always right in front of us. This movie is about great accomplishment by facing what is next, in this case 20 feet at a time. This movie is art through and through. The depth of it cannot be verbalized.
After watching this movie about a horrific mountain climbing accident, I couldn't get it out of my mind for weeks. It's an amazing example of our human ability to not only survive but to keep moving forward while facing immense physical pain, starvation/dehydration, and a brutal, unforgiving climate. If I ever find myself in a seemingly hopeless situation, I will try to channel these people.
Some of the harshest critics of adventure films,especially among surfers and climbers, are the avid enthsiasts themselves. Nothing is ever too good. Not the case with this one. Kevin Macdonald does an excellent job retelling a true story with docu-drama style,adding the realism of an actual climb interspliced with commentary by the actual climbers. Slow moving at times, but with Mike Eley's photography and moving performances by the actor-climbers, the visuals alone keep you enthralled in the what could-possibly-happen-next story line. What started out as another notch-on-the-carabiner climb on a relatively obscure peak, ends up as that day every adventurer trains for daily...the ultimate what could go wrong struggle for survival that separates the real climbers from the wannabes.
I likes it some lot. It was scary too. Sometimes afraid. Sometimes not. Crying sometimes. Guy was nice and strong. You watch it and like.