The Epic of Everest 1924 Restored
Throughout the expedition in 1924, John Noel was documenting the climb and climbers like never before. A photographer and cinematographer, Noel put up £8000 of his own money to get the expedition off the ground, and in return was the sole owner of the remarkable visual assets that stemmed from the expedition. Noel shot a great deal of still images – as did the rest of the team – and also incredible film footage, which he later assembled into the beautiful, if not well recognized, Epic of Everest film.
Thanks to the efforts of his daughter, Sandra Noel, the BFI National Archive, and The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity, the Epic of Everest has been restored – and even improved. I’ve seen the film before, replete with jerky movements common in old film reels. In its restored version, The Epic of Everest is smooth and clean, and brings to life the climb and climbers of 1924.
A trailer of the full film is now up on YouTube for all to see – take a peek, and go back in time for a few minutes to the Epic of Everest 1924!