THE SUMMIT to Have Cork Premiere This Weekend Ahead of Nationwide Release on 22nd November

Posted November 14, 2013 by Suzanne Murray in News
the summit irish poster
the summit irish poster

Nick Ryan’s award-winning film THE SUMMIT will have a special screening at the Cork Film Festival this weekend ahead of its nationwide cinema release by Wildcard Distribution next Friday, 22nd November.

The gripping film which chronicles one of the deadliest days in modern mountain history will screen in the Opera House on Sunday 17th November at 8.30pm.  The screening will be attended by the director and mountaineering legend and star of the film Pemba Gyalje Sherpa who will both take part in an extended Q&A following the film.

Ahead of the special screening Patrick O’Neill, CEO of Wildcard Distribution will participate in the EMERGE event on Saturday in the Triskel Christchurch.

EMERGE will celebrate the convergence of film and digital by hosting a series of talks and panel discussions from filmmakers, technologists, transmedia producers and distributors who use emerging technology to find new ways of crafting stories and reaching audiences.

Wildcard will take part in the “Future of Features” session along with Jamie King (VODO) and Olivier Kaempfer (producer, Borrowed Time) to discuss new methods of creation, production and distribution.

THE SUMMIT will screen in the Cork Opera House at 8.30pm on Sunday 17th November. 
Tickets can be purchased here

EMERGE will take place in the Triskel Christchurch on Saturday 16th November from  4pm – 7pm. 
Tickets can be bought here


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.

The Summit will be on release in cinemas around Ireland on 22nd November 2013.  See the Wildcard Distribution website for the trailer and a list of the cinemas which will play the film.