Sherpa has been making some noise on the documentary festival circuit and managed to bag the prestigious Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival back in October. And it’s now got a UK cinema release for December 18 [applause].
Directed by Jennifer Peedom (Miracle on Everest, Living the End) and produced by Bridget Ikin (My Year Without Sex, Look Both Ways) and BAFTA-winning producer John Smithson (Touching The Void, 127 Hours), Sherpa looks at how the relationship has changed between the Sherpas and the (mainly western) climbers they guide up Chomolungma, or as it’s more famously known, Mount Everest.
Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was made famous around the world when he and New Zealander Edmund Hillary first climbed the tallest mountain on Earth in 1953. Since that momentous event the demand to conquer Everest has seen thousands of climber descend on the Himalayas, bringing millions of dollars to the area and creating hundreds of jobs for Sherpas. But this is not a simple arrangement and the danger of it was exemplified on 18th April, 2014, when a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest and the disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry.
For more info on the film and its release check out the Sherpa site.