Touching the Void  



The closer you are to death. The more you realize you are alive.

Touching the Void (2003)

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A documentary based on the book of the same name by Joe Simpson about Simpson's and Simon Yates' disastrous and near-fatal attempt to climb 6,344m Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Release Date: 2003-09-05
Status: Released
Run time: 106 min / 1:46
Revenue: $13,885,802
Production Companies : UK Film Council, Darlow Smithson Productions, Film4 Productions
Production Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: 2003-09-05
Status: Released
Run time: 106 min / 1:46
Revenue: $13,885,802

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Casts

Brendan Mackey
as Joe Simpson
Nicholas Aaron
as Simon Yates
Richard Hawking
as Himself
Ollie Ryall
as Richard Hawking
Joe Simpson
as Himself
Simon Yates
as Himself

Crew

Directing Kevin Macdonald Director
Writing Joe Simpson Author
Production Charles Furneaux Executive Producer
Production Robin Gutch Executive Producer
Production John Smithson Producer
Production Paul Trijbits Executive Producer
Sound Alex Heffes Original Music Composer
Camera Mike Eley Director of Photography
Camera Keith Partridge Director of Photography
Editing Justine Wright Editor
Production Susie Figgis Casting
Art Patrick Bill Production Design

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  • Not for me the discussions about the utility of the "pseudo-documentary format," or questions about how the camera happened to be waiting at the bottom of the crevice when Simpson fell in. "Touching the Void" was, for me, more of a horror film than any actual horror film could ever be.

  • Touching the Void leaves you emotionally and physically spent, and grateful it was only a movie, not a mountain, you had to endure.

  • Touching the Void was very nearly a Sally Field-sponsored, Tom Cruise-starring Hollywood blockbuster (Tom wanted the part of Joe). Thank the lord it wasn't. One of the great cinematic experiences, and the best climbing film ever, this is also a powerful exploration of humanity, that Touching the Void was very nearly a Sally Field-sponsored, Tom Cruise-starring Hollywood blockbuster (Tom wanted the part of Joe).

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  • Touching the Void: cinema hit co-funded by Channel 4 Three years ago, documentary maker Kevin Macdonald won an Oscar for One Day in September, his outstanding reconstruction of the terrorist hostage crisis at the 1972 Munich Olympic.

  • Touching the Void is a tale of remarkable courage and determination that touches the place within ourselves that tells us that miracles can occur in our life if we are able to go beyond what we thought was possible and act as if our life depends on the result.

  • Touching the Void, starring Josh Williams as Joe Simpson. Photograph: Geraint Lewis C limbing high mountains is often used as a metaphor for other ominously difficult projects.

  • Joe Simpson is the author of the bestselling Touching the Void, as well as four subsequent non-fiction books published by The Mountaineers Books: This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, and The Beckoning Silence. The Beckoning Silence won the 2003 National Outdoor Book Award.