The Himalayas, 1924. British climbers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine set off for the summit of Everest, joined for part of the ascent by an equally pioneering explorer and filmmaker called John Noel. His documentary recorded the events that followed.
Although caption-heavy and a little anthropologically patronising, this is a technically remarkable account of the doomed 1924 Mallory-Irvine bid to scale Mount Everest. The framing and use of long lenses was pioneering, but J. B. L. Noel’s quiet courage most impresses.
The BFI's restoration does justice to a high-altitude tour de force.