‘The Summit’ Wins IFTA for Best Feature Documentary

Posted April 7, 2014 by Suzanne Murray in News

Nick Ryan’s THE SUMMIT picked up the George Morrison Best Feature Documentary Award at the Irish Film and Television Awards which took place in Dublin on Saturday night.

The film, which 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, beat off stiff competition from other films Broken Song, Here Was Cuba and Natan to win the coveted prize. The film’s director Nick Ryan collected the award with some of the production team and crew.

The gripping documentary was released on DVD last Friday which includes fascinating never-seen-before bonus footage of the crews’ perilous journey to film K2 and the process of shooting the re-enactments.

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.


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.