Touching the Void (2004)

Touching the Void
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 42mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Documentary
Keywords disaster, docudrama, moral ambiguity, mountain, overcoming adversity, perseverance, Peru, survival
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Brendan Mackey Actor Joe Simpson 1 1000001
Nicholas Aaron Actor Simon Yates 1 1000002
Joe Simpson Actor Himself 1 1000003
Simon Yates Actor Himself 1 1000004
Ollie Ryall Actor Richard Hawking 1 1000005
Kevin MacDonald Director n/a 2 2000001
John Smithson Producer n/a 3 3000001
Charles Furneaux Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Robin Gutch Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Sue Summers Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Paul Sowerbutts Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
Gavin Scott Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Joe Simpson Source Material (from novel:"Touching the Void") 120786 4000002
Gina Marsh Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Nick Laws Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Nion Hazell Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000003
Mike Eley Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Dan Shoring Photography n/a 120835 6000002
Justine Wright Editor n/a 172 7000001
Alex Heffes Music n/a 120781 8000001
Andy Richards Music Music Mixer 120781 8000002
Abi Leland Music Supervisor n/a 120872 8000003
Patrick Bill Art Director n/a 183 9000001
Giles Asbury Storyboard Artist n/a 199 9000002
Susie Figgis Casting n/a 179 10000001
Stephen Barker Consultant Post-Production Consultant 120784 12000001
Joe Simpson Consultant n/a 120784 12000002
Simon Yates Consultant n/a 120784 12000003
Patrick Bill Costumes n/a 120828 13000001
Sarita Allison Makeup Designer n/a 447 13000002
Anthony Faust Foley Foley Supervisor 120961 14000001
Felicity Cottrell Foley Artist n/a 223 14000002
Robert Brazier Foley Editor n/a 221 14000003
Tim Alban Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000004
Joakim Sundstrom Sound Designer n/a 120915 14000005
Keith Partridge Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000006
Mick Duffield Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000007
Howard Watkins Titles n/a 120825 23000001
Gareth Tansey Titles n/a 120825 23000002
Synopsis
Joe Simpson and Simon Yates set out to climb the west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. It was 1985 and the men were young, fit, skilled climbers. The west face, remote and treacherous, had not been climbed before. Following a successful three-and-a-half-day ascent, disaster struck. Simpson fell a short distance and broke several bones in his leg. With no hope of rescue, the men decided to attempt descent together with Yates lowering Simpson 300 feet at a time in a slow, painful process that could have potentially been deadly for both. One further misstep led to Yates unknowingly lowering his injured partner over the lip of a crevasse. With the gradient having gone from steep to vertical, he was no longer able to hold on. Certain they were about to be pulled jointly to their deaths, the only choice was to cut the rope. How Simpson survived the fall, and made it back to base camp is a story that will astound and inspire. In Touching the Void, Yates and Simpson return to the Siula Grande for the first time to retell their story.