Beyond the Edge tells the story of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s first ascent of the world’s highest mountain. Director Leanne Pooley (The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls) mixes archival material with recreations of the UK-led 1953 Everest expedition. 3D cameras were used to put viewers in the crampons of the climbers, and evoke the challenges of endurance and danger faced as they ventured to the top of the world. Edge debuted at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, where it was one of two runner-ups for the People’s Choice Documentary Award.
Canadian-born New Zealand director Leanne Pooley makes audiences feel they are making the tortuous and historic climb of Everest with Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay with her gorgeous film about the first men to reach the summit in 1953. Thrilling and dramatic, Pooley couples rare archival footage and impressive dramatic recreation...– Linda Barnard in The Toronto Star, 27 August 2013