Filmography

Edmund Hillary

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    The ascent of Everest

    The ascent of Everest

    Antonello Padovano (2019)

    This is the story of how, on May 29, 1953, two men, both endowed with outstanding stamina and skill reached for the first time the top of the world: the summit of Mount Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary, accompanies us with his narration through all the stages of his victorious ascent, telling unknown details and reliving the epic climb giving the story an unprecedented and surprising testimony. His description of Tenzing definitely clarifies his relationship with his partner and his narration of why he wants to reach the summit enlightens us intimately on his motivation as mountaineer.

    Italy, UK / 57 min

    The ascent of Everest

    Antonello Padovano

    • 2019
    • Italy, UK
    • 57 min
    This is the story of how, on May 29, 1953, two men, both endowed with outstanding stamina and skill reached for the first time the top of the world: the summit of Mount Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary, accompanies us with his narration through all the stages of his victorious ascent, telling unknown details and reliving the epic climb giving the story an unprecedented and surprising testimony. His description of Tenzing definitely clarifies his relationship with his partner and his narration of why he wants to reach the summit enlightens us intimately on his motivation as mountaineer.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Words of Everest

    Words of Everest

    Paul Copeland (2013)

    In 1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbed their way into the history books when they conquered the summit of Mount Everest. But as the world commemorates their bravery, there remains a lingering controversy – were they beaten to it 30 years earlier by George Mallory’s doomed expedition? This Words Of... special traces both expeditions from their origins to the summit with readings from their private diary entries and personal letters. Extensive archive film footage and stylized abstract reconstruction bring their ordeals to life, revealing the sacrifices they made to the highest mountain in the world.

    UK / 46 min

    Words of Everest

    Paul Copeland

    • 2013
    • UK
    • 46 min
    In 1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbed their way into the history books when they conquered the summit of Mount Everest. But as the world commemorates their bravery, there remains a lingering controversy – were they beaten to it 30 years earlier by George Mallory’s doomed expedition? This Words Of... special traces both expeditions from their origins to the summit with readings from their private diary entries and personal letters. Extensive archive film footage and stylized abstract reconstruction bring their ordeals to life, revealing the sacrifices they made to the highest mountain in the world.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Shadows of Everest

    Eric Campbell (2011)

    The legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary. Once he stood higher than anyone else on earth and almost 60 years on, in many parts of Nepal, Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary remains a giant, revered for the schools, community programs and health projects he fostered. Hillary planned that after his death, his charity, The Himalayan Trust, would continue to provide assistance and developmental aid in Nepal. But instead, it has torn Hillary's family apart. Al Jazeera's '101 East' reports on how a family rift is threatening the legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary.

    Qatar / 25 min

    Shadows of Everest

    Eric Campbell

    • 2011
    • Qatar
    • 25 min
    The legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary. Once he stood higher than anyone else on earth and almost 60 years on, in many parts of Nepal, Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary remains a giant, revered for the schools, community programs and health projects he fostered. Hillary planned that after his death, his charity, The Himalayan Trust, would continue to provide assistance and developmental aid in Nepal. But instead, it has torn Hillary's family apart. Al Jazeera's '101 East' reports on how a family rift is threatening the legacy of Sir Edmund Hillary.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    1953 - Triumpfh am Mount Everest DVD

    1953 - Triumpfh am Mount Everest

    Michaela Petek-Dinges (1999)

    The 10-part series '100 Jahre' (100 years) shows the essential and unforgettable moments of politics, society, and culture from 1900 to 1999. Each episode is nine minutes long, and the fascinating documentary images contain the essence of an exciting and terrible century. This episode focuses on the historical first ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. The documentary collects the testimony of Hillary himself, George Band, member of the 1953 expedition, and Reinhold Messner, the first to conquer the summit without additional oxygen.

    Germany / 10 min

    1953 - Triumpfh am Mount Everest

    Michaela Petek-Dinges, Jens Afflerbach

    • 1999
    • Germany
    • 10 min
    The 10-part series '100 Jahre' (100 years) shows the essential and unforgettable moments of politics, society, and culture from 1900 to 1999. Each episode is nine minutes long, and the fascinating documentary images contain the essence of an exciting and terrible century. This episode focuses on the historical first ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. The documentary collects the testimony of Hillary himself, George Band, member of the 1953 expedition, and Reinhold Messner, the first to conquer the summit without additional oxygen.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Hillary & Tenzing - Climbing to the roof of the world DVD

    Hillary & Tenzing - Climbing to the roof of the world

    Margaret Percy (1996)

    The true story of Tenzing Norgay, a sherpa from Nepal, and his quest to climb Mount Everest, which he could view from his backyard while growing up. He eventually becomes part of the British crew to climb Everest, where he meets Edmund Hillary, his eventual New Zealander partner who he makes history with by becoming the first two men to reach the top of Mount Everest in 1953. 

    USA / 56 min

    Hillary & Tenzing - Climbing to the roof of the world

    Margaret Percy

    • 1996
    • USA
    • 56 min
    The true story of Tenzing Norgay, a sherpa from Nepal, and his quest to climb Mount Everest, which he could view from his backyard while growing up. He eventually becomes part of the British crew to climb Everest, where he meets Edmund Hillary, his eventual New Zealander partner who he makes history with by becoming the first two men to reach the top of Mount Everest in 1953. 

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Everest in winter

    Everest in winter

    Allen Jewhurst (1981)

    Documentary about an attempt to climb Mt. Everest in winter, the most inhospitab le time of the year to attempt the climb, on a previously unfollowed route.

    UK / 50 min

    Everest in winter

    Allen Jewhurst

    • 1981
    • UK
    • 50 min
    Documentary about an attempt to climb Mt. Everest in winter, the most inhospitab le time of the year to attempt the climb, on a previously unfollowed route.

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  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Glory or Death - Climbing Mount Everest

    Jordan Kronick (2018)

    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel episode dedicated to the extreme danger faced by Nepalese Sherpas who guide climbers up and down Mount Everest. For some, climbing Mount Everest is an achievement. For the Sherpas, it's life. The danger that encompasses the climb slows down for neither. 'Real Sports' heads to Mount Everest to learn why the world-renowned Sherpas of Nepal who guide climbers up and down the world's highest mountain in the face of extreme danger are dying in increasing numbers.

    USA / 21 min

    Glory or Death - Climbing Mount Everest

    Jordan Kronick

    • 2018
    • USA
    • 21 min
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel episode dedicated to the extreme danger faced by Nepalese Sherpas who guide climbers up and down Mount Everest. For some, climbing Mount Everest is an achievement. For the Sherpas, it's life. The danger that encompasses the climb slows down for neither. 'Real Sports' heads to Mount Everest to learn why the world-renowned Sherpas of Nepal who guide climbers up and down the world's highest mountain in the face of extreme danger are dying in increasing numbers.

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  • Docudrama / Historical

    Everest, adventure at the top of the world

    Christopher Rowley (2007)

    This episode of 'History happened here' remembers the first successful ascent to Mount Everest. Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, were the first men to reach the top of the world and return. Their final ascent, including the famous 'Hillary Step' rock climb, is presented with both documentary and reenacted footage. The series, narrated by Star Treks Leonard Nimoy, tells outstanding historical facts through both archival footage and vivid reenactments, capturing the full emotion and drama of this earth-shaping, often life-shattering events.

    USA / 11 min

    Everest, adventure at the top of the world

    Christopher Rowley

    • 2007
    • USA
    • 11 min
    This episode of 'History happened here' remembers the first successful ascent to Mount Everest. Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, were the first men to reach the top of the world and return. Their final ascent, including the famous 'Hillary Step' rock climb, is presented with both documentary and reenacted footage. The series, narrated by Star Treks Leonard Nimoy, tells outstanding historical facts through both archival footage and vivid reenactments, capturing the full emotion and drama of this earth-shaping, often life-shattering events.

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  • Drama / Biographical

    Hillary

    Danny Mulheron (2015)

    The dramatized biography of Sir Edmund Hillary. A landmark series telling the complete story of Sir Ed’s life, from his lonely childhood, to the man he became - Hillary the climber – a man that conquered Mt Everest, a man loved by a nation. In 1953, Sir Edmund and his Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The series has been created by Tom Scott, who has adapted his own biography of Sir Edmund that was written following detailed conversations with the man himself.

    New Zealand / 276 min

    Hillary

    Danny Mulheron

    • 2015
    • New Zealand
    • 276 min
    The dramatized biography of Sir Edmund Hillary. A landmark series telling the complete story of Sir Ed’s life, from his lonely childhood, to the man he became - Hillary the climber – a man that conquered Mt Everest, a man loved by a nation. In 1953, Sir Edmund and his Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The series has been created by Tom Scott, who has adapted his own biography of Sir Edmund that was written following detailed conversations with the man himself.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    NZAC Himalayan Expedition Barun Valley 1954

    NZAC Himalayan Expedition Barun Valley 1954

    George Lowe (1954)

    Filmed by George Lowe and taken on the New Zealand Alpine Club’s 1954 Expedition to the Barun Valley in Nepal. Ed Hillary was the leader of the expedition. It was a large expedition involving a number of New Zealand’s best mountaineers at the time. Roland Ellis did a great deal of organising for this expedition and I think in the end, as a keen amateur film buff, also financed the movie. He edited it and organised Ed to be the commentator.

    New Zealand / 36 min

    NZAC Himalayan Expedition Barun Valley 1954

    NZAC Himalayan Expedition Barun Valley 1954

    George Lowe, Roland Ellis

    • 1954
    • New Zealand
    • 36 min
    Filmed by George Lowe and taken on the New Zealand Alpine Club’s 1954 Expedition to the Barun Valley in Nepal. Ed Hillary was the leader of the expedition. It was a large expedition involving a number of New Zealand’s best mountaineers at the time. Roland Ellis did a great deal of organising for this expedition and I think in the end, as a keen amateur film buff, also financed the movie. He edited it and organised Ed to be the commentator.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    I always come back to the Himalayas

    (1965)

    Produced in with backing by Sears Roebuck and the co-operation of Sir Edmund Hillary and his first wife Louise Mary Rose, 'I Always Come Back to the Himalayas' is a rarely-seen documentary about the famed climber. The film takes the viewer on a journey with Hillary across several continents and shows a rarely-seen part of his life as a father and husband who brought his whole clan along on his incredible adventures. Tragically, roughly ten years after the film's release, his wife Louise and daughter Belinda (who is seen in the film as a youngster) were killed in a plane crash near Kathmandu airport. They had been en route to join Hillary in the village of Phaphlu, where he was helping to build a hospital.

    New Zealand / 27 min

    I always come back to the Himalayas


    • 1965
    • New Zealand
    • 27 min
    Produced in with backing by Sears Roebuck and the co-operation of Sir Edmund Hillary and his first wife Louise Mary Rose, 'I Always Come Back to the Himalayas' is a rarely-seen documentary about the famed climber. The film takes the viewer on a journey with Hillary across several continents and shows a rarely-seen part of his life as a father and husband who brought his whole clan along on his incredible adventures. Tragically, roughly ten years after the film's release, his wife Louise and daughter Belinda (who is seen in the film as a youngster) were killed in a plane crash near Kathmandu airport. They had been en route to join Hillary in the village of Phaphlu, where he was helping to build a hospital.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    High in the Himalayas

    Frank S. Cellier (1965)

    With the backpacking of Field Enterprises and Sears Reobuck, Edmund Hillary returns to Nepal in march 1963 to build schools at Thyangboche and Thami and to laid a mile-long pipe to bring fresh water to Khumjung and also, to climb Taboche with a strong climbing team from New Zealand and USA. Although they are forced to abondon the climb of Taboche when the assault party was only 200 feet from the top, they succeeded in getting a party to the summit of the mighty Kangtega.

    New Zealand, USA / 28 min

    High in the Himalayas

    Frank S. Cellier

    • 1965
    • New Zealand, USA
    • 28 min
    With the backpacking of Field Enterprises and Sears Reobuck, Edmund Hillary returns to Nepal in march 1963 to build schools at Thyangboche and Thami and to laid a mile-long pipe to bring fresh water to Khumjung and also, to climb Taboche with a strong climbing team from New Zealand and USA. Although they are forced to abondon the climb of Taboche when the assault party was only 200 feet from the top, they succeeded in getting a party to the summit of the mighty Kangtega.

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