Touching the Void (15)

Live in Concert

18 June 2017 / 18:00
The Bafta-winning drama-documentary gets the big-screen treatment with a live orchestral soundtrack.

A tale of life-changing decisions and survival against the odds, Touching the Void tells the true story of two British climbers and their near-death experience on a Peruvian mountain. Based on the autobiographical book by Joe Simpson, the film uses dramatised scenes interspersed with interviews with the mountaineer and his partner Simon Yates – all scored by the composer Alex Heffes.

Tonight Heffes’s sweeping crescendos and foreboding motifs – which perfectly echo the despondent situation Simpson found himself in – are brought to life as the 60-piece Touching the Void Orchestra play in synchronization with a screening of the film. And in a rare public appearance, Simpson discusses the film and his real-life story in a Q&A with composer Heffes and director Kevin Macdonald.

Approximate Timings (subject to changes):
6pm Q&A with Joe Simpson, Kevin Macdonald and Alex Heffes
6.45pm interval
7pm Touching the Void (complete film) (105mins)
Produced by TPM

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