The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

The Epic of Everest


This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


The Epic of Everest 1924 U

86 mins United Kingdom Director. J.B.L. Noel

"We expect no mercy from Everest," said George Mallory as he began his final ascent on the treacherous mountain - and he got none. Captain John Noel's moving and visually ravishing account puts the human struggle at its heart, while bringing home his own rapture at the 'lost world' of Tibet. Simon Fisher Turner's score gives majestic expression to Noel's passion and sense of wonder.

Restoration supported by The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity

Start watching in: 30 days

Finish watching in: 48 hours

Directed by

J.B.L. Noel


Documentaries Archive Treasures


U Contains references to mountaineering deaths




United Kingdom



Production company

Explorers Films

Read lessRead more

Explore further

View Scoring The Epic of Everest
Scoring The Epic of Everest
Watch for free

Scoring The Epic of Everest 2013

Composer Simon Fisher Turner discusses his acclaimed soundscapes for the glorious The Epic of Everest

United Kingdom

View The Epic of Everest
The Epic of Everest

The Epic of Everest 1924 U

Premiere. A breathtaking and poignant account of the valiant 1924 British assault on the awe-inspiring peak, beautifully restored by the BFI.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. J.B.L. Noel


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later