Touching the Void

Touching the Void

Kevin Macdonald (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This vivid survival docudrama recounts the harrowing story of British climbing buddies Joe Simpson and Simon Yates. When his own life is threatened, Yates is forced to abandon his injured partner, leaving him for dead high in the Peruvian Andes. But, remarkably, Simpson survives, and despite a shattered leg attempts the long, painful crawl back to base camp. It's impossible not to wince at every bone-broken inch of his incredible journey. The film combines interviews with the climbers themselves and terrific reconstructions of their ordeals, both physical and psychological. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, who made the equally impressive One Day in September, about the terrorist attack on the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, the result is dramatised documentary-making at its peak.


Director Kevin Macdonald's acclaimed, hugely powerful documentary recreating the terrifying struggle for survival faced by mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, who braved the Peruvian Andes. During the descent, one of the men fell, breaking his leg and forcing his friend to leave him - but remarkably he beat all the odds to survive. The story is told in the climbers' own words and features dramatised reconstructions of their ordeal.

Cast & Crew

Joe Simpson Joe Simpson
Simon Yates Simon Yates
Richard Hawking Richard Hawking
Joe Simpson Brendan Mackey
Simon Yates Nicholas Aaron
Richard Hawking Ollie Ryall
Director Kevin Macdonald
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Dec 2003