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Touching the Void

[cert 15, 106 mins]

Based on the best-selling memoir by Joe Simpson,
this is an extraordinarily gripping story of human
endurance. The book recounts a climb which
Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates,
took in the Peruvian Andes in 1985. The two young
and ambitious mountaineers successfully scaled the
hitherto unclimbed west face of the Siula Grande, a
remote and treacherous 21,000ft peak. Starting
their descent through a blizzard, disaster struck
when Simpson fell, shattering his leg. A heroic
battle for survival unfolded in which both men were
faxed with life or death decisions, which would test
them to the limit. Simpson and Yates returned to
the Siula Grande together for the first time to retell
their story for the camera.

A man wearing a hard hat and a backpack climbs up a snowy rock

Director: Kevin MacDonald

Starring: Joe Simpson, Simon Yates

Level: AS, A2, GCSE

Subjects: Film Studies

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