Filmography

George Band

12 films

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    The conquest of Everest

    George Lowe (1953)

    Story of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. The documentary details from the history of Mount Everest and earlier climbing expeditions to preparations (including oxygen and equipment testing at Farnborough) and description of the route. Includes voice commentary from John Hunt, Charles Wylie and Edmund Hillary. Camps, acclimatization and assault parties. Ends with a triumphant Hillary and Tenzing arriving back at Camp IV, and being congratulated by the team. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

    UK / 78 min

    The conquest of Everest

    George Lowe, Thomas Stobart

    • 1953
    • UK
    • 78 min
    Story of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. The documentary details from the history of Mount Everest and earlier climbing expeditions to preparations (including oxygen and equipment testing at Farnborough) and description of the route. Includes voice commentary from John Hunt, Charles Wylie and Edmund Hillary. Camps, acclimatization and assault parties. Ends with a triumphant Hillary and Tenzing arriving back at Camp IV, and being congratulated by the team. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    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 / Chronicle

    The ascent of Kangchenjunga

    The ascent of Kangchenjunga

    (1955)

    Film of the 1955 British expedition to Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak, led by Charles Evans. The first ascent of Kangchenjunga was made on 25th May 1955 when Joe Brown and George Band stopped just short of the summit, a promise they had made to the Nepalese authorities in respect of local beliefs that it is a sacred place. Norman Hardie and Tony Streather summited the following day. At this time, Kangchenjunga was the world’s highest unclimbed peak.

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    The ascent of Kangchenjunga

    The ascent of Kangchenjunga


    • 1955
    • UK
    Film of the 1955 British expedition to Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak, led by Charles Evans. The first ascent of Kangchenjunga was made on 25th May 1955 when Joe Brown and George Band stopped just short of the summit, a promise they had made to the Nepalese authorities in respect of local beliefs that it is a sacred place. Norman Hardie and Tony Streather summited the following day. At this time, Kangchenjunga was the world’s highest unclimbed peak.

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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 / Chronicle

    Climbing

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    Stanley Williamson (1957)

    Documentary featuring some of Britain's leading rock climbers demonstrating their skills on different British rock climbing locations. In the Lake District, the 71-year-old Rusty Westmorland and Monica Jackson climb Napes Needle. In Idwal, Gwen Moffat, the first woman mountain guide in Britain, leads a climb on the Idwal Slabs, seconded by her husband Johnnie Lees. At Windgather Rocks, Geoff Sutton and Gordon Mansell teach a group of novices some basic climbing techniques. The documentary also includes reflections on mountaineering and climbing by George Abraham, Geoffrey Winthrop Young, George Band and Joe Brown. The film ends with shots of Brown leading Suicide Wall at Idwal.

    UK / 29 min

    Climbing

    Stanley Williamson

    • 1957
    • UK
    • 29 min
    Documentary featuring some of Britain's leading rock climbers demonstrating their skills on different British rock climbing locations. In the Lake District, the 71-year-old Rusty Westmorland and Monica Jackson climb Napes Needle. In Idwal, Gwen Moffat, the first woman mountain guide in Britain, leads a climb on the Idwal Slabs, seconded by her husband Johnnie Lees. At Windgather Rocks, Geoff Sutton and Gordon Mansell teach a group of novices some basic climbing techniques. The documentary also includes reflections on mountaineering and climbing by George Abraham, Geoffrey Winthrop Young, George Band and Joe Brown. The film ends with shots of Brown leading Suicide Wall at Idwal.

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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

    Great Explorations

    Alison Francis (2017)

    BBC News has been given exclusive access to a priceless archive of important footage taken by young adventurers exploring parts of the world that were completely new to western eyes. These remarkable films, from the frozen mountains in the Himalayas to the searing Libyan Desert, have not seen the light of day for nearly a hundred years. As well as helping historians learn more about the past they are also giving scientists new insights into the future of our planet.

    UK / 25 min

    Great Explorations

    Alison Francis, Liz Gibbons

    • 2017
    • UK
    • 25 min
    BBC News has been given exclusive access to a priceless archive of important footage taken by young adventurers exploring parts of the world that were completely new to western eyes. These remarkable films, from the frozen mountains in the Himalayas to the searing Libyan Desert, have not seen the light of day for nearly a hundred years. As well as helping historians learn more about the past they are also giving scientists new insights into the future of our planet.

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  • Documentary / Biographical

    Hillary on Everest DVD

    Hillary on Everest

    Tom Scott (2003)

    A biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, narrated by Ian McKellen. Featuring interviews with the mountaineer himself, close family members and some of the original British party that conquered Everest in 1953.

    Australia / 76 min

    Hillary on Everest

    Tom Scott

    • 2003
    • Australia
    • 76 min
    A biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, narrated by Ian McKellen. Featuring interviews with the mountaineer himself, close family members and some of the original British party that conquered Everest in 1953.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Hillary and Tenzing - Everest and after

    Hillary and Tenzing - Everest and after

    David Upshal (1997)

    Hillary and Tenzing - Everest and after is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by David Upshal in 1997 and produced by BBC. It is a part of the series Reputations. It features George Band, Peter Hansen, Charles Warren, Mike Westmacott, Raymond Lambert, John Hunt and others.

    UK / 60 min

    Hillary and Tenzing - Everest and after

    David Upshal

    • 1997
    • UK
    • 60 min
    Hillary and Tenzing - Everest and after is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by David Upshal in 1997 and produced by BBC. It is a part of the series Reputations. It features George Band, Peter Hansen, Charles Warren, Mike Westmacott, Raymond Lambert, John Hunt and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Der Wettkampf

    Der Wettkampf

    Florian Hartung (2003)

    Der wettkampf is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Nanga Parbat and Everest. It was directed by Florian Hartung in 2003 and produced by Februrar Film. It is a part of the series Weisse hölle Himalaja (2/2). It features Heiner Geissler, Ashraf Aman, Edmund Hillary, Hajo Netzer, Reinhold Messner, Kurt Diemberger and others.

    Germany / 44 min

    Der Wettkampf

    Florian Hartung, Christian Deick

    • 2003
    • Germany
    • 44 min
    Der wettkampf is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Nanga Parbat and Everest. It was directed by Florian Hartung in 2003 and produced by Februrar Film. It is a part of the series Weisse hölle Himalaja (2/2). It features Heiner Geissler, Ashraf Aman, Edmund Hillary, Hajo Netzer, Reinhold Messner, Kurt Diemberger and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Der deutsche Schicksalsberg

    Der deutsche Schicksalsberg

    Florian Hartung (2003)

    Der deutsche Schicksalsberg is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Nanga Parbat and Everest. It was directed by Florian Hartung in 2003 and produced by Februrar Film. It is a part of the series Weisse hölle Himalaja (1/2). It features Heiner Geissler, Ashraf Aman, Edmund Hillary, Hajo Netzer, Reinhold Messner, Kurt Diemberger and others.

    Germany / 44 min

    Der deutsche Schicksalsberg

    Florian Hartung, Christian Deick

    • 2003
    • Germany
    • 44 min
    Der deutsche Schicksalsberg is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Nanga Parbat and Everest. It was directed by Florian Hartung in 2003 and produced by Februrar Film. It is a part of the series Weisse hölle Himalaja (1/2). It features Heiner Geissler, Ashraf Aman, Edmund Hillary, Hajo Netzer, Reinhold Messner, Kurt Diemberger and others.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    The race for Everest

    Mick Conefrey (2003)

    Documentary on Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's historic ascent of Everest in 1953. Including previously unseen material filmed on the expedition, and interviews with surviving members of the team and members of the rival Swiss team, who attempted the mountain in 1952. The Swiss expedition, with the participation of the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for the further successes of the 1953 British expedition.

    UK / 59 min

    The race for Everest

    Mick Conefrey

    • 2003
    • UK
    • 59 min
    Documentary on Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's historic ascent of Everest in 1953. Including previously unseen material filmed on the expedition, and interviews with surviving members of the team and members of the rival Swiss team, who attempted the mountain in 1952. The Swiss expedition, with the participation of the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for the further successes of the 1953 British expedition.

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