01-07-2004, 05:39 PM
I just got home from seeing "Touching the Void (http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/2004_01/touchingthevoid.php)" at the cinema. Its a documentary inspired by Joe Simpson's book of the same name.
I wasn't sure what to expect from the film, its pretty unusual to even see a documentary on the big screen. Even more odd, its a 'dramatic reconstruction' - a seriously dodgy genre. I wondered if it might be a bit '999' (cheesy UK drama-reconstruction show, kind of like 'When pets go BAD!' etc.)
Far from it, the reconstruction was extraordinary, and the mountain scenery is breathtaking - wonderful photography.
The story itself is utterly gripping (maybe its because I dabble in a bit of climbing myself, but I dont think so), far more so than any fiction I remember seeing.
I'm not sure where its released, I doubt it'll be getting much of a theatrical release at all in the US, but if at all possible, this is a film you have to see!