Spectacular documentary reconstructing Sir Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953. In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to conquer Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. Sir Edmund Hillary’s incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time; the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth. Beyond the edge is a tale of human endurance, tenacity and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
Born in 1969, Pooley has been a director for over twenty years. She began her career in the New Zealand television industry before moving to England where she spent the 1990s directing documentaries for Britain’s major broadcasters including BBC, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 as well as PBS and Discovery in America. In 2009 her film "Topp Twins-Untouchable Girls" won the "People's Choice" Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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