Himalayas

The Himalayas (2015)

Text version of an introduction to a screening of Lee Seok-hoon’s The Himalayas that I gave at a screening put on by the Korean Cultural Centre UK on 4 Aug 2016. “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?” This was the question that a New York Times journalist once asked of seasoned mountaineer George Mallory. It’s…

Everest

Everest (2015)

Everest first published by Sight & Sound, November 2015 Review: “Because it’s there.” This, reportedly, was George Mallory’s laconic response, pitched somewhere between jocular dismissal and rugged existentialism, to the question, “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?”. Mallory disappeared, less than 250m from Everest’s summit, in 1924. In Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, these three words are…