Galahad of Everest

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

This spectacular but extremely bizarre BBC documentary recounts the madcap efforts of actor Brian Blessed to exorcise an obsession that has dogged him since childhood: to follow the footsteps of mountaineers George Leigh Mallory and Andrew Irving's fated 1924 attempt on Everest. It charts his preparation in England, the trip to India, a blessing by the Dalai Lama, to a final assault on the summit, kitted out à la Mallory in '20s plus-fours and umbrella. Davidson intercuts archive footage of Mallory's original expedition with a snow-blasted Blessed reading Mallory's last letters from five miles high. If this sounds like your average 'climbing movie', it isn't. It adds up to a hilarious study in English eccentricity.

By: WH


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

John-Paul Davidson
Brian Blessed
Chris Bonnington
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