The Summit Film Article

The Summit wins both Best Mountaineering Film and The Grand Prize at the 2014 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival...See More

The Summit Film Article

Irish movie The Summit continues awards success. Tragic deaths of 11 mountain climbers, including Limerick man Ger McDonnell...See More

The Summit Film Article

Pemba Gyalje Sherpa was part of the group of climbers who in early August 2008 began the last leg of their summit of K2, a Mountian in the heart of the...See More

The Summit Film Article

With its near constant threat from avalanches and alpine blizzards, not to mention a steep, icy summit that requires the utmost physical and mental skill to conquer...See More

The Summit Film Review

With its near constant threat from avalanches and alpine blizzards, not to mention a steep, icy summit that requires the utmost physical and mental skill to conquer...See More

The Summit Film Review

It is the most dangerous mountain on Earth. Out of every four climbers who make it to the top, an estimated 300, only three will make it back down again alive...See More

The Summit Film Review

There are risks and adventures people seek out to cross off a bucket list, to fulfill a lifelong dream or to give meaning to their life. Often, when said mission is...See More

The Summit Film Review

“The Summit” chronicles the story of an 2008 expedition to the famed K2, one of Earth’s most deadliest mountains and 2nd tallest, where 11 climbers perished...See More

Nerdvana: The Summit Film Review

The Summit mashes up actual footage, interviews and re-creations into a fairly seamless story about the climbers who attempted to reach the peak of K2...See More

Oregon Live: The Summit Film Review

On August 1, 2008, 18 climbers out of a group of 31 managed to summit K2, the second-highest peak in the world and by many accounts the most treacherous...See More

Portland Mercury: The Summit Film Review

IF YOU WONDER what drives someone to want to climb mountains, look elsewhere. The documentary The Summit blows off any expectation that...See More

Oregon Live: The Summit Film Feature

I’d never, as far I know, met anyone who’d climbed Mount Everest even once, so I didn’t quite know what to expect from Pemba Gyalje Sherpa...See More

Los Angeles Times: The Summit Film Review

This pulsating documentary reconstructs the deadly 48-hour period on Aug. 1 and 2, 2008, when 11 out of 18 mountain climbers died on K2...See More

Los Angeles Times: The Summit Film Review

The absorbing documentary deftly tells the complex story about a tragic attempt climbing K2 in the Himalayas. Nick Ryan directs. K2 in the Himalayas...See More

Los Angeles Times: The Summit Film Review

11 of the world's best climbers died trying to scale K2 in 2008 in what has become known as the single deadliest event in the mountain's history. Don Dahler reports....See More

New York Times: The Summit Film Review

Expert climber Pemba Sherpa and director Nick Ryan joined host John Canzano Thursday afternoon on The Bald Faced Truth to talk about the new documentary. When Nick Ryan heard the story of the August 2008 K2 climb...See More

New York Times: The Summit Film Review

“The Summit,” a riveting documentary about a disastrous moment in mountain-climbing history, doesn’t spend much time trying to explain why anyone would tackle a climb that kills a quarter of the people who attempt it...See More

huffington press

During a fatal climb to summit K2 in 2008, Sherpa Pemba Gyalje risked his life to save the remaining members in his hiking expedition. Documented in a new film ‘The Summit,' which premiers Friday, Gyalje...See More


Everything you ever wanted to know about the perils of scaling the second-highest mountain on earth but were afraid to ask. Nick Ryan’s nature documentary–cum–waking nightmare returns to a 48-hour period in 2008...See More

Medical Daily

Everybody thinks that coming down is the easy bit. It makes sense, but don't believe it for one minute.” -Walter Bonatti. As one of the first people to ever climb K2 — nicknamed “Savage Mountain...See More

NewYork Times

Pemba Gyalje Sherpa was part of the group of climbers who, in early August 2008, began the last leg of their summit of K2, a mountain in the heart of the Karakoram Range in northern Pakistan....See More

Movie Reviews and More

“The Summit” is a Excellent documentary on what happen to the climbers who tried to scale K2 the world’s second highest mountain.In early August 2008 , several groups of climbers from....See More


“The Summit” is a Excellent documentary on what happen to the climbers who tried to scale K2 the world’s second highest mountain.In early August 2008 , several groups of climbers from....See More

Creative Cow

In August 2008, 25 climbers from several international expeditions converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit. Forty-eight hours later, eleven of them were dead. It was big news in Ireland because, among the dead, was Ger...See More

Film Maker

Plenty of documentaries share stories worth telling, and play just fine resting on the strengths of those stories, incorporating requisite elements like talking-head interviews, news headlines, and archival footage...See More


Nick Ryan's riveting climbing documentary "The Summit" (Sundance Selects, October 4) reveals the unfolding mystery of how eleven climbers perished on their way down from a successful 2008....See More


For every four people who have reached the summit of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, one has died in the attempt. In 2008, on one day 11 climbers died our of 24 who began the ascent. ....See More



John Battsek
Executive Producer - Passion Pictures
Launching with Oscar and Emmy award winning ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER in 1999, John Battsek has since produced a slate of over twenty five feature documentaries many of which have been launched at prestigious film festivals and achieved international distribution. These include IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON; Oscar nominated RESTREPO; Academy Shortlisted SERGIO; Grierson Award Winner FIRE IN BABYLON; Academy Award Shortlisted THE TILLMAN STORY; triple Emmy nominated BETTER THIS WORLD, and James Marsh’s PROJECT NIM - which marked the start of Passion’s strategic alliance with Simon Chinn’s Red Box Films.

Two new films executive produced by Battsek premiered at 2012’s Sundance Film Festival; SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN played as the opening night film and was awarded the Jury Special Prize and the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category and THE IMPOSTER, based on the extraordinary story of serial imposter Frederic Bourdin, also played in competition. Both films were released theatrically in UK and the US this summer.

Battsek and the production company he runs, Passion Pictures, are currently working on several new feature film projects, including two new films with Greg Barker; Nadav Schirman’s THE GREEN PRINCE based on the NY Times Bestselling memoir THE SON OF HAMAS by Mosab Hassan Yousef, and a narrative adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s award-winning dystopian novel HOW I LIVE NOW is currently shooting in the UK with Kevin MacDonald directing for FilmFour.
John Mcdonnell
Executive Producer - Fantastic films

John McDonnell is a film producer based in Dublin, Ireland. Together with Brendan McCarthy, McDonnell runs the Oscar-winning production company Fantastic Films.

McDonnell is one of Ireland most experienced producers. In 2000, he founded Fantastic Films and since the its inception the company has received over 60 international awards, including an Oscar™ in 2006 for Martin McDonagh’s short film, Six Shooter.

Recent films include The Last Days on Mars 2013, the debut feature film from Oscar-nominated Irish director Ruairí Robinson, selected for Director’s Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, 2013; the award-winning comedy-horror Stitches 2012, directed by Conor McMahon and starring Ross Noble and Tommy Knight, the Bollywood hit Ek Tha Tiger 2012, directed by Kabir Khan and starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, the critically acclaimed Hammer Horror Wake Wood 2011, directed by David Keating and starring Timothy Spall, Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle and Outcast (2010) directed by Colm McCarthy and starring James Nesbitt, Kate Dickie and fellow Scottish actress Hannah Stanbridge, who received a Scottish BAFTA for her role in the film.

McDonnell recently executive produced beActive Media's transmedia series BEAT GIRL, which is available on several platforms, including TV, the web, smart phone app, a novel and now a feature film.

Nominated as Irish “Producer on the Move” in Cannes 2006, McDonnell is an active participant in the ACE Producers Network, a founding member of the Irish Film and Television Academy, a regular juror for the Irish Films and Television Awards and a recent participant on the prestigious producer course Inside Pictures.

In 2008, McDonnell received his Hons MA in Screenwriting from DLIADT and regularly designs courses for Screen Training Ireland. He has also lectured in Film at Trinity College, Dublin and DLIADT, Dublin.



Best Feature Length

The Summit wins Best Feature Documentary at the Irish Film and Television Awards

Nick Ryan Director of The Summit

The Summit released nationwide on DVD on 4th April

The DVD is set to include over an hour of bonus material. Audiences will get a chance to watch never seen before footage of the crews’ perilous journey to film K2 and the process of shooting the re-inactments.

Best Feature Length

Best Feature-length Mountain Film

Best Feature-length Mountain Film, sponsored by The Town of Banff, represented here by Councillor Stavros Karlos,

Accepted on behalf of the filmmaker by Cecilie Skog.

Copyright: The Banff Centre

The Summit Film Article

The Summit wins Best Feature-length Mountain Film at Banff Film Festival.

The Summit has won Best Feature Length Mountain Film at the Prestigious Banff Mountain film festival. The award is a fantastic honour, and was accepted on behalf of the the producers and director by Norwegian adventurer and one of the subjects of the film, Cecilie Skog.

The jury of the Banff Film festival said:

“It will never be completely clear what happened at the beginning of August 2008 as climbers approached the summit of K2. Through brilliant, convincing photography, the director succeeds in creating a mosaic of scenes from the stories of those who survived, but there remains an empty space for the eleven stories swallowed up by the mountain. ” — Silvo Karo

The Summit opening at Banff

The Summit was the opening night film of the prestigious Banff mountain film festival in Canada on the 26th October. Director Nick Ryan was in attendance as was Norwegian climber Cecilie Skog who received a standing ovation when she took to the stage after the film.

The film played to a capacity crowd of over 980 people at the Eric Hervie Theatre in the Banff Centre.

The Summit opening in the United States, October 4th
The Summit goes on general release in the United States on October 4th 2013, the official trailer has just gone live on itunes trailers..
THE SUMMIT to play opening night at 20th Sheffield Doc Fest
We are really excited to be selected as one of the opening night films for the 20th anniversary of the prestigious Sheffield Doc Fest. The film is to be screened at a one-off event in a cave on Wednesday June 12th. The Cave is being transformed into a cinema for the evenings with tours conducted before the 9pm start.
THE SUMMIT official selection for 60th Sydney Film Festival
The 60th Sidney Film Festival (5th-16th June) has selected THE SUMMIT to screen in the International Documentary program. The screenings are Monday 10th June at the State Cinema at 9.30AM and Saturday 15th June at the Event 9 Cinema at 2.45PM.
THE SUMMIT selected for Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival
The festival which takes place in Malin, Co Donegal between 16th and 19th May includes some of the top documentaries in the world. In the line up are 17 international feature documentaries from 14 different countries, many of which have won the top awards around the world. THE SUMMIT screens on Sunday 19th at 5.00pm.
THE SUMMIT selected for Sundance London
The 2nd Sundance London film festival has selected The Summit as one of the features in its program. Sundance London films are selected directly from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place in Utah in January. Following its U.S. dates, 14 films are selected to premiere in the UK at Sundance London. Each film screening will be attended by its director who will take part in a post-screening Q&A.

Sundance London is a partnership between Robert Redford, Sundance Enterprises, Sundance Institute and AEG Europe. Running from 25-28 April 2013, the second Sundance London is set to present four exciting days of live music, the UK premieres of American independent films fresh from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, plus panel discussions, filmmaker Q&As and exclusive events.
Sundance London 2013
So far, 18 feature-length films and nine shorts have been announced for the London event, which runs from 25 to 28 April at the O2. Continuing the festival's ongoing support for a diverse approach to film-making, 10 of the films so far announced are by female directors. A UK spotlight will see a British premiere for Michael Winterbottom's Paul Raymond biopicThe Look of Love, starring Steve Coogan, and Nick Ryan's award-winning documentary The Summit, about the death of 11 mountain climbers on K2 in 2008.
Irish film 'The Summit' snapped up by major US distributor
An Irish documentary about the K2 mountain tragedy in August 2008 which killed 11 climbers, 'The Summit', has been snapped up by a major US distributor at the Sundance International Film Festival 2013.
Irish film about K2 disaster snapped up at Sundance by US media giant
The Summit – an Image Now Films and Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Productions production – was produced and directed by Nick Ryan of Image Now Films. The result will be announced on Saturday, 26 January.
US firm buys rights to Irish K2 doc
The Summit, an Irish feature-length documentary, produced and directed by Nick Ryan, chronicles the story of 24 climbers from several international expeditions who converged on High Camp of K2, the last stop before the summit of the most dangerous mountain on earth.

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