The Beckoning Silence in November
Channel 4 DVD have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Beckoning Silence on 5th November 2007 priced at £19.99. Joe Simpson, whose amazing battle for survival featured in the multi-award winning Touching the Void, travels to the treacherous North Face of the Eiger to tell the story of one of mountaineering’s most epic tragedies. As a child, it was this story and that of one of the climbers in particular, that first captured Simpson’s imagination and inspired him to take up mountaineering.
Toni Kurz, was a brilliant young mountaineer, who along with three other climbers tried to climb the mountain in 1936, which was then the last great unconquered peak in the Alps. Their assault on the mountain started well, but then disaster struck and one by one Kurz’s colleagues were killed leaving him alone, hanging on the end of a rope fighting for his life in the most horrific of circumstances.
Over 50 years later in Peru, Kurz’s story haunted Simpson as he battled for his own survival while hanging in midair. His plight uncannily mirrored that of Kurz - except against all the odds, Simpson lived whilst his hero had perished.
The Beckoning Silence tells the story of Kurz heroic battle for survival, but in telling it, it also forces Simpson to confront some fundamental questions -Why continue climbing when you have come so close to oblivion? . In this film Simpson finally confronts his demons on the Eiger’s North Face and rediscovers the thrill of the climb that once made him feel so alive.
Extras on the disc include the making-of featurette Behind the Silence: The Making of The Beckoning Silence, plus an exclusive interview with prolific climber Chris Bonnington on climbing the North Face of the Eiger.