In 1924, British mountaineer George Mallory disappeared into the clouds below Everest's summit and was never seen again. Anthony Geffen's documentary follows American climber Conrad Anker, the man who discovered Mallory's body, as he seeks to discover his fate.
But the tale of Mallory’s fatal ascent is well told, the mountain photography is spectacular and rare archive film recalls a time when the world still had peaks to conquer and, as Houlding winsomely calls it, “Goddess Mother Of The Universe The Mountain We Call Everest” wasn’t a high-end tourist attraction.
With startling high-altitude photography and archive footage there's plenty to appreciate, but the mystery remains shrouded in the mountain mists.
Reviewed by Anna Smith