IFTA Nominated Film ‘The Summit’ on DVD Release Across Ireland this Friday

Posted April 1, 2014 by Suzanne Murray in News

Over an Hour of Exclusive Never-Seen-Before Bonus Material Included on DVD

Nick Ryan’s gripping Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) nominated film THE SUMMIT is available to buy nationwide on DVD this Friday (4th April).

The film, which has been nominated in the Best Feature Documentary category, chronicles one of the deadliest days in modern mountain history when 11 climbers, including Limerick man Ger McDonnell, lost their lives on the most dangerous mountain on Earth, K2. Audiences will get a chance to watch fascinating never-seen-before footage of the crews’ perilous journey to film K2 and the process of shooting the re-enactments on the DVD’s bonus materials.

The Sundance winning documentary that wowed cinema audiences last November and December is also up for another IFTA as Crowded House musician Nick Seymour has been nominated in the Best Original Score category for his work on the film.

The annual Irish Film and Television Awards Ceremony which will be held this Saturday 5th April at the DoubleTree Hilton on Burlington Road and will be broadcast primetime on RTÉ ONE.

Wildcard Distribution is releasing The Summit on DVD in Irish stores including HMV, Tower Records, Golden Discs, Tesco and The Great Outdoors as well as through the Wildcard Distribution website and Amazon.co.uk this Friday 4th April.

The Summit – http://thesummitfilm.com/
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Coming down after conquering a mountain is considered the hardest and most deadly part of mountain climbing when climbers can often become careless due to exhaustion and elation from the conquest. In 2008 24 climbers from several international expeditions set out on this notorious quest to the top of the most dangerous mountain on Earth, K2 but within a 48 hour period, 11 climbers, including Limerick man Ger McDonnell, had been killed or had vanished.

The Summit written by Mark Monroe, the writer of Oscar winning The Cove, includes never-before-seen footage of the climb and interviews with Sherpa Pemba Gyalje, who was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his heroic deeds on K2; Norit team leader Wilco van Rooijen, who survived three days in the death zone; and Marco Confortola, the last man to speak to Ger McDonnell.

The film was produced by Image Now Films and Pat Falvey Productions in association with Passion Pictures, Diamond Docs and Fantastic Films and was funded by The Irish Film Board, RTE, BAI and the BBC.