|Hillary does Everest...|
A New Zealand-made 3D movie depicting Sir Edmund Hillary's ascent of Mt Everest played to a packed audience at its world premiere in Canada last Friday.
Beyond the Edge, about the world-first feat by the Kiwi mountaineering legend and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay in 1953, made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival to positive reviews from fans and film critics.
The climbers' sons, Peter Hillary and Norbu Tenzing, were among
|...Moffit does Hillary|
Director Leanne Pooley, a Canadian now living in NZ, said the film was completed only two weeks ago, and she’s delighted with its reception. Expat Kiwis and the local Sherpa community turned out in force for the screening.
Nelson actor Chad Moffitt played the young Sir Edmund, and Mt Cook resident Sonam Sherpa was Tenzing. The movie, filmed in the Southern Alps, received a 3.5 out of 4 stars review from Canada's largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star.
It will have a NZ premier at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington on 22 October.
+ ...meanwhile Nepal plans to name two mountain peaks after Hillary and Tensing. The unclimbed peaks are expected to be opened to foreigners in the spring season that starts next March, in a move designed to boost tourism in the beautiful but desperately poor country.