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Climbing Mount Everest

Climbing Mount Everest

 Friday 17 November 7.00pm-10.00pm (doors open at 6.00pm) 
 Film screening 

Climbing Mount Everest is Captain John Noel's 1922 film of the second attempt to summit Mount Everest, and includes footage of the journey from Darjeeling to Tibet and the first film of Tibetans, as well as the climb itself. The film has recently been digitised and is part of Society’s film collection, which is hosted by the British Film Institute (BFI).

The 83 minute screening will be accompanied by silent film musician, Cyrus Gabrysch.

Following a short interval, a specially convened panel will discuss the role of film in expeditions past and present. Among other things, the panel will consider the logistical and technical requirements of expeditionary filmmaking, including the role of Sherpa porters, and how film has been used to influence our understanding of the world’s highest mountain. There will be plenty of time for audience questions.

Panel members include:

Samira Ahmed (chair) is an award-winning journalist with 20 years' experience in print and broadcast, and is a Visiting Professor of Journalism at Kingston University. She has presented many news and arts programmes for BBC TV and radio, including The World Tonight, PM, Sunday Morning Live on BBC One, Night Waves on Radio 3 and The Proms on BBC Four.

Professor Felix Driver is an historical geographer who specialises in collections-based research, including on the Society’s film archive. He co-curated an exhibition at the Society on Hidden Histories of Exploration (2009) featuring clips from Climbing Mt Everest, and is currently working on the mobility of biocultural collections in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Jan Faull is currently undertaking PhD research at the Society investigating the production, distribution and presentation of films made on successive Everest expeditions between 1922 and 1953. She has previously worked for the British Film Institute as Archival Footage Sales Manager and joined the curatorial team as Archive Production Curator in 2009.

Tickets: £12, RGS-IBG members £10

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