Filmography

George Lowe

15 films

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    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

    Beyond the edge Vod

    Beyond the edge

    Leanne Pooley (2013)

    A 3D feature film about Sir Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.

    New Zealand / 93 min

    Beyond the edge

    Leanne Pooley

    • 2013
    • New Zealand
    • 93 min
    A 3D feature film about Sir Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.

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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 / 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

    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 / Biographical

    Hillary - A view from the top

    Hillary - A view from the top

    John Carlaw (1987)

    A straightforward, populist documentary about New Zealand’s most famous individual, mountaineer and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary. Details the events and facts of an extraordinary life whose public life was exemplary - climber, diplomat, aid worker – and whose private life was touched by tragedy. The highlight is Sir Ed’s own interviews, which are candid, balanced and wise.

    New Zealand / 180 min

    Hillary - A view from the top

    John Carlaw

    • 1987
    • New Zealand
    • 180 min
    A straightforward, populist documentary about New Zealand’s most famous individual, mountaineer and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary. Details the events and facts of an extraordinary life whose public life was exemplary - climber, diplomat, aid worker – and whose private life was touched by tragedy. The highlight is Sir Ed’s own interviews, which are candid, balanced and wise.

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Aspiring Vod

    Aspiring

    Yvonne Mackay (2005)

    Aspiring is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Mount Aspiring. It was directed by Yvonne Mackay in 2005 and produced by Gibson Group. It features John Drawbridge.

    New Zealand / 45 min

    Aspiring

    Yvonne Mackay

    • 2005
    • New Zealand
    • 45 min
    Aspiring is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Mount Aspiring. It was directed by Yvonne Mackay in 2005 and produced by Gibson Group. It features John Drawbridge.

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    Video on Demand
  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Mount Everest, the east face

    Mount Everest, the east face

    Mike Reynolds (1981)

    A 1981 American attempt led by Richard Blum and Louis Reichardt, including Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, John Roskelley, and Kim Momb made progress on the steep rock buttresses, but aborted at around 7000 meters due to high avalanche danger.

    USA / 20 min

    Mount Everest, the east face

    Mike Reynolds, Kurt Diemberger

    • 1981
    • USA
    • 20 min
    A 1981 American attempt led by Richard Blum and Louis Reichardt, including Edmund Hillary, George Lowe, John Roskelley, and Kim Momb made progress on the steep rock buttresses, but aborted at around 7000 meters due to high avalanche danger.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Beyond Everest

    Michael Dillon (2000)

    Beyond Everest is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest and Nar Parbat. It was directed by Michael Dillon in 2000 and produced by Michael Dillon Films. It features Edmund Hillary, Peter Hillary, George Lowe, Rex Hillary, June Mulgrew Hillary, David Lange and others.

    Australia / 54 min

    Beyond Everest

    Michael Dillon

    • 2000
    • Australia
    • 54 min
    Beyond Everest is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest and Nar Parbat. It was directed by Michael Dillon in 2000 and produced by Michael Dillon Films. It features Edmund Hillary, Peter Hillary, George Lowe, Rex Hillary, June Mulgrew Hillary, David Lange and others.

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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 / Portrait

    A life of my choice DVD

    A life of my choice

    Gordon Brown (1999)

    A life of my choice is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Allison Chase in 1999 and produced by Outside Television. It features Edmund Hillary, Wilfred Thesiger, Peter Hillary, Alex Maitland, Elizabeth Edwards, June Mulgrew Hillary and others.

    USA / 47 min

    A life of my choice

    Gordon Brown, Allison Chase

    • 1999
    • USA
    • 47 min
    A life of my choice is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Allison Chase in 1999 and produced by Outside Television. It features Edmund Hillary, Wilfred Thesiger, Peter Hillary, Alex Maitland, Elizabeth Edwards, June Mulgrew Hillary and others.

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    DVD / BLU-RAY

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