Filmography

Mike Thompson

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    Everest - The South West Face DVD

    Everest - The South West Face

    Neil Armstrong (2017)

    In the face of overwhelming odds, dwindling oxygen supplies, freezing Jet Stream winds, avalanche, frostbite, widespread public negativity and the press reporting that failure was almost inevitable - A British team succeeded - Where all others had failed. On the 24th September 1975 at 6pm, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston stood at 29,095 ft on the world's highest mountain. They were the very first Britons to do so - And it was many days before the world even knew. This is a story of great leadership, teamwork, bravery, determination, sacrifice, tragedy, emotional journeys and a remarkable outcome.

    UK / 60 min

    Everest - The South West Face

    Neil Armstrong

    • 2017
    • UK
    • 60 min
    In the face of overwhelming odds, dwindling oxygen supplies, freezing Jet Stream winds, avalanche, frostbite, widespread public negativity and the press reporting that failure was almost inevitable - A British team succeeded - Where all others had failed. On the 24th September 1975 at 6pm, Doug Scott and Dougal Haston stood at 29,095 ft on the world's highest mountain. They were the very first Britons to do so - And it was many days before the world even knew. This is a story of great leadership, teamwork, bravery, determination, sacrifice, tragedy, emotional journeys and a remarkable outcome.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Annapurna South face

    Annapurna South face

    John Edwards (1971)

    This entertaining film documents the first ascent of the very difficult South Face of Annapurna, a huge Himalayan wall that the right team could achieve the seemingly impossible. The ascent of the South Face of Annapurna in 1970 was one of those breakthrough ascents - both technically and psychologically. Chris Bonington assembled the cream of British mountaineering and American Tom Frost for the attempt.  The documentary is punctuated by wry observation, understatement and cutting humor from a by-gone age when the game of taking huge risks was matched by a determination not to take it too seriously.

    UK / 55 min

    Annapurna South face

    John Edwards

    • 1971
    • UK
    • 55 min
    This entertaining film documents the first ascent of the very difficult South Face of Annapurna, a huge Himalayan wall that the right team could achieve the seemingly impossible. The ascent of the South Face of Annapurna in 1970 was one of those breakthrough ascents - both technically and psychologically. Chris Bonington assembled the cream of British mountaineering and American Tom Frost for the attempt.  The documentary is punctuated by wry observation, understatement and cutting humor from a by-gone age when the game of taking huge risks was matched by a determination not to take it too seriously.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Everest - The hard way DVD

    Everest - The hard way

    Allen Jewhurst (1975)

    TV documentary of the 1975 British Expedition led by Chris Bonington up the South West Face of Everest. A band of cliffs on the southwest face, known as the Rock Band, had defeated five previous expeditions between 1969 and 1973. On September 20, Nick Estcourt and Paul Braithwaite achieved the first ascent of the Rock Band. The summit was reached by two teams: first on September 24 by Doug Scott and Dougal Haston, who survived the highest ever bivouac when they were benighted on the South Summit during their descent. On September 26 four more climbers attempted a second ascent. Peter Boardman and Sirdar Pertemba Sherpa were successful, but BBC cameraman Mick Burke, climbing alone after Martin Boysen turned back, failed to return from the summit.

    UK / 75 min

    Everest - The hard way

    Allen Jewhurst

    • 1975
    • UK
    • 75 min
    TV documentary of the 1975 British Expedition led by Chris Bonington up the South West Face of Everest. A band of cliffs on the southwest face, known as the Rock Band, had defeated five previous expeditions between 1969 and 1973. On September 20, Nick Estcourt and Paul Braithwaite achieved the first ascent of the Rock Band. The summit was reached by two teams: first on September 24 by Doug Scott and Dougal Haston, who survived the highest ever bivouac when they were benighted on the South Summit during their descent. On September 26 four more climbers attempted a second ascent. Peter Boardman and Sirdar Pertemba Sherpa were successful, but BBC cameraman Mick Burke, climbing alone after Martin Boysen turned back, failed to return from the summit.

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  • Documentary / Live Broadcast

    Coronation street - Cheddar Gorge

    Coronation street - Cheddar Gorge

    (1965)

    Live broadcast of the climb of Cheddar Gorge by Chris Bonington, Tony Greenbank and Mike Thompson in 1965 as part of the channel’s World of Sport programm. Instead of a crafted edited film of the ascent -with close-ups, angled shots, and varied camera positions- the action was captured as it happened. Stationary cameras were trained on the movements of the climbers and the subsequent footage was edited live for the broadcast. Ned Kelly, a producer for Television Wales and West, originally proposed a climb of the Avon Gorge, but this was not chosen for aesthetic reasons.

    UK

    Coronation street - Cheddar Gorge

    Coronation street - Cheddar Gorge


    • 1965
    • UK
    Live broadcast of the climb of Cheddar Gorge by Chris Bonington, Tony Greenbank and Mike Thompson in 1965 as part of the channel’s World of Sport programm. Instead of a crafted edited film of the ascent -with close-ups, angled shots, and varied camera positions- the action was captured as it happened. Stationary cameras were trained on the movements of the climbers and the subsequent footage was edited live for the broadcast. Ned Kelly, a producer for Television Wales and West, originally proposed a climb of the Avon Gorge, but this was not chosen for aesthetic reasons.

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  • Documentary / Portrait

    Chris Bonington - The Everest years DVD

    Chris Bonington - The Everest years

    Allen Jewhurst (1987)

    Everest is beyond all but a few of us. It's nothing complicated that leads Chris Bonington back to the Himalayas as one of the world's most respected mountaineers - just a simple overwhelming love of mountains and rock-climbing, and a mind clearly focused on what he does supremely well. The sublime heights and deep tragedies that come with tackling the world's most awesome challenges, the exultation of the summits and the loss of dearest friends, are witnessed in this film. Both a record of some of the most remarkable achievements in climbing, and a tale of a family and a home in the English Lake District, the contrast between these twin sides of the man has led to a heartfelt life powerfully lived.

    UK / 51 min

    Chris Bonington - The Everest years

    Allen Jewhurst

    • 1987
    • UK
    • 51 min
    Everest is beyond all but a few of us. It's nothing complicated that leads Chris Bonington back to the Himalayas as one of the world's most respected mountaineers - just a simple overwhelming love of mountains and rock-climbing, and a mind clearly focused on what he does supremely well. The sublime heights and deep tragedies that come with tackling the world's most awesome challenges, the exultation of the summits and the loss of dearest friends, are witnessed in this film. Both a record of some of the most remarkable achievements in climbing, and a tale of a family and a home in the English Lake District, the contrast between these twin sides of the man has led to a heartfelt life powerfully lived.

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    DVD / BLU-RAY

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