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Jennifer Peedom
Screening time  
03.03. / Saturday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
From the director of the BAFTA-nominated Sherpa and narrated by Willem Dafoe, "Mountain" explores the nature of our modern fascination with mountains in collaboration with one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world.

A unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, Mountain is a dazzling exploration of our obsession with mountains. Only three centuries ago, climbing a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. The idea scarcely existed that wild landscapes might hold any sort of attraction. Peaks were places of peril, not beauty. Why, then, are we now drawn to mountains in our millions?


Jennifer Peedom

Jennifer Peedom is well known as a writer and director of gripping non-fiction films, including Sherpa, which was nominated for a BAFTA Award for best documentary in 2016 and won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Feature at the London Film Festival. She is now moving into drama with companion piece Tenzing, which is on the Netflix slate of Higher Ground Productions, the company belonging to former US president Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Jen was on Mt Everest in 2014 making Sherpa from the point of view of the Sherpa people when 16 Sherpa guides were killed in an avalanche. The new film is the true story of Tenzing Norgay, the man who first reached the summit of Everest, along with Sir Edmund Hillary. Jen’s other credits include Mountain (ZagrebDox 2018), the precursor to River, Miracle On Everest, Living The End and Solo (ZagrebDox 2009), which played in several major documentary festivals including IDFA and Sheffield and won numerous awards. She has been Managing Director of IF Media, publishers of IF Magazine and producers of the IF Awards was New South Wales Young Businesswoman of the Year in 2003 and was inaugural recipient of the David & Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship in 2010.

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2017, 74'

Directed by:
Jennifer Peedom

Screenplay by:
Robert Macfarlane, Jennifer Peedom

Renan Ozturk

Edited by:
Christian Gazal, Scott Gray

Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra

Jennifer Peedom, Joanne McGowan

Produced by:
Stranger Than Fiction Films

Festivals & Awards:

Melbourne International Film Festival 2017; Busan International Film Festival 2017; San Sebastián International Film Festival 2017; BFI London Film Festival 2017