THE SUMMIT Receives Standing Ovation at Cork Film Festival and is set to ‘Dazzle and Wow Audiences’ when Released on Friday

Posted November 18, 2013 by Suzanne Murray in News

Nick Ryan’s award-winning film THE SUMMIT screened to a packed out audience and received a standing ovation in Cork’s Opera House last night as the Cork Film Festival drew to a close.

The screening, which played to over 800 people, was attended by the director Ryan along with mountaineering legend and star of the film Pemba Gyalje Sherpa who took part in an emotional Q&A. Also in attendance were many of the people involved in bringing the story to the big screen including producers Cork native Pat Falvey and Darrell Kavanagh, and Nick Seymour from the band Crowded House who produced the soundtrack to the film.

James Mullighan, Creative Director Cork Film Festival said: “Last night’s screening of The Summit to a capacity crowd at the Cork Opera House was a festival highlight. The film looked amazing on the enormous screen, and the Q&A with director Nick Ryan, Pamba Gyalje Sherpa and members of the filmmaking team was truly emotional, with a spontaneous standing ovation. The film is going to dazzle and wow audiences wherever it plays”.

The gripping film 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.

THE SUMMIT will hit Irish cinemas this Friday 22nd November and is distributed by Wildcard Distribution.


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.