Filmography

John Hunt

31 films

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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.

    Climbing locations

  • 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.

    Climbing locations

  • Docudrama / Historical

    By fair means...

    By fair means...

    Richard Else (1991)

    First episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering produced by Chris Bonington and Richard Else for the BBC. This episode recreates Alfred Mummery's first ascent of the Grepon, in the French Alps in 1881. Chris Bonington dons tweeds, woollen stockings and velour hat to re-create Alfred Mummery's classic ascent. As Bonington says, Mummery could be described more than anyone as the father of modern alpinism.

    UK / 30 min

    By fair means...

    Richard Else

    • 1991
    • UK
    • 30 min
    First episode of 'The climbers', a six-part series on the history of mountaineering produced by Chris Bonington and Richard Else for the BBC. This episode recreates Alfred Mummery's first ascent of the Grepon, in the French Alps in 1881. Chris Bonington dons tweeds, woollen stockings and velour hat to re-create Alfred Mummery's classic ascent. As Bonington says, Mummery could be described more than anyone as the father of modern alpinism.

    Climbing locations

  • 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. 

    Climbing locations

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  • Documentary / Historical

    Mythos Everest

    Mythos Everest

    Andreas Nickel (2013)

    For the anniversary year of the first ascent of the highest mountain on earth ServusTV broadcasts a special edition of Bergwelten. In this gripping documentary, alpine legend Reinhold Messner presents the milestones in the history of Mount Everest - from the great successes and tragedies to today's '8000er package tourism'. In this special edition we also show current pictures from the base camp, where up to 1,000 mountaineers are expected for the anniversary.

    Austria / 50 min

    Mythos Everest

    Andreas Nickel

    • 2013
    • Austria
    • 50 min
    For the anniversary year of the first ascent of the highest mountain on earth ServusTV broadcasts a special edition of Bergwelten. In this gripping documentary, alpine legend Reinhold Messner presents the milestones in the history of Mount Everest - from the great successes and tragedies to today's '8000er package tourism'. In this special edition we also show current pictures from the base camp, where up to 1,000 mountaineers are expected for the anniversary.

    Climbing locations

  • Documentary / Chronicle

    Galahad of Everest

    John-Paul Davidson (1991)

    Documentary in which actor Brian Blessed recreates George Mallory's 1924 climb of Mount Everest, through climbing the mountain himself in 1920's clothing and reading out loud extracts from Mallory's original letters which relate the experience. Archive footage from the original expedition is also used.

    UK / 84 min

    Galahad of Everest

    John-Paul Davidson

    • 1991
    • UK
    • 84 min
    Documentary in which actor Brian Blessed recreates George Mallory's 1924 climb of Mount Everest, through climbing the mountain himself in 1920's clothing and reading out loud extracts from Mallory's original letters which relate the experience. Archive footage from the original expedition is also used.

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  • Docudrama / Docudrama

    CSI on Everest

    Philippe Denham (2004)

    A team of mountaineers stumble across a group of less experienced climbers on Mount Everest who are desperately in need of help, and execute a daring rescue mission.

    USA / 46 min

    CSI on Everest

    Philippe Denham

    • 2004
    • USA
    • 46 min
    A team of mountaineers stumble across a group of less experienced climbers on Mount Everest who are desperately in need of help, and execute a daring rescue mission.

    Climbing locations

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  • Documentary / Historical

    The conquest of Everest 1953

    Andrew Aitken (1993)

    The conquest of Everest 1953 is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Andrew Aitken in 1993 and produced by LaMancha Productions. 

    UK / 54 min

    The conquest of Everest 1953

    Andrew Aitken

    • 1993
    • UK
    • 54 min
    The conquest of Everest 1953 is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Andrew Aitken in 1993 and produced by LaMancha Productions. 

    Climbing locations

    Availability

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  • Documentary / Historical

    La moitié de la gloire

    Alex Mayenfisch (1995)

    La moitié de la gloire is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Alex Mayenfisch in 1995 and produced by Climage. It features Raymond Lambert, Ernest Hofstetter, André Roch, Jean-Jacques Asper, Léon Flory, Augustin Lombard and others.

    Switzerland / 45 min

    La moitié de la gloire

    Alex Mayenfisch

    • 1995
    • Switzerland
    • 45 min
    La moitié de la gloire is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Alex Mayenfisch in 1995 and produced by Climage. It features Raymond Lambert, Ernest Hofstetter, André Roch, Jean-Jacques Asper, Léon Flory, Augustin Lombard and others.

    Climbing locations

    Availability

    Watch Free DVD / BLU-RAY Video on Demand
  • 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.

    Climbing locations

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Surviving Everest

    Surviving Everest

    Liesl Clark (2003)

    Surviving Everest is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Liesl Clark in 2003 and produced by National Geographic. It is a part of the series Nat Geo Wild. It features Pete Athans, Peter Hillary, Edmund hillary, Jamling Norgay, Brent Bishop, Kanza Sherpa and others.

    USA / 47 min

    Surviving Everest

    Liesl Clark

    • 2003
    • USA
    • 47 min
    Surviving Everest is a documentary about alpinism that takes place in Everest. It was directed by Liesl Clark in 2003 and produced by National Geographic. It is a part of the series Nat Geo Wild. It features Pete Athans, Peter Hillary, Edmund hillary, Jamling Norgay, Brent Bishop, Kanza Sherpa and others.

    Climbing locations

  • 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.

    Climbing locations

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    DVD / BLU-RAY

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