Factual Specials

Beckoning Silence

Joe Simpson, whose battle for survival featured in Touching the Void, travels to the Eiger to tell the story of one of mountaineering’s most epic tragedies.

Toni Kurz was a brilliant German mountaineer who travelled to Switzerland in 1936, determined to be the first to conquer the Eiger’s terrifying North Face. The climb started well, but disaster struck and Kurz’s climbing colleagues were killed leaving him alone, fighting for his life.

The Beckoning Silence tells of Kurz’s heroic battle for survival, but also forces Simpson to confront some fundamental questions of his own – why continue climbing when you have come so close to oblivion?

Broadcaster:Channel 4, Discovery Channel
Distributor:Channel 4 International
Genre:Factual Specials
Format:1 x 73 min
Production year:2007
Executive Producer:Julian Ware, John Smithson
Produced by:Louise Osmond
Directed by:Louise Osmond
  • 2008 – Winner of Best Documentary at International Emmys
  • 2008 – Shortlisted for Best Drama Documentary at the Grierson Awards
  • 2008 – Winner of Grand Prize at New Zealand Mountain Film Festival
  • 2008 – Winner of Grand Prize at Slovakia Mountains & City Festival
  • 2008 – Winner of Grand Prize at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
  • 2008 – Winner of Grand Prize at Utah’s High Adventure Mountain Film Festival
  • 2007 – Winner of Best Mountaineering Award & Runner up in People’s Choice Award, Kendall Mountain Film Festival
  • 2007 – Banff Mountain Film Festival, Special Jury Award