The Wildest Dream recently held its UK premiere at the BFI IMAX in London. Leo Houlding, who stars in the film, arrived in appropriate style by abseiling onto the red carpet. There were also sentinels on hand, dressed in appropriate Berghaus attire, checking people were wearing appropriate footwear on the stairs.
The Wildest Dream is a documentary film which tells the breathtaking story of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who found Mallory’s frozen remains 75 years later. In the film Conrad and Leo return to Everest in precisely the same fashion as Mallory – with authentic equipment and clothing – to solve the enduring mystery surrounding the ill-fated expedition and the disappearance of one of the world’s greatest explorers.
The Wildest Dreamis narrated by Liam Neeson and features the voices of Ralph Fiennes as George Mallory, the late Natasha Richardson as Ruth Mallory, Hugh Dancy as Andrew “Sandy” Irvine and Alan Rickman as Noel Odell, the last person to see Mallory alive.
Check out the below interview with Leo Houlding at the premiere where he talks about where his love of climbing comes from and what it was like to climb and reach the summit of Mount Everest.
If modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. Based in the Lake District, UK, he is one of Britain's top climbers and among the best in the world. He is a veteran of a score of epic ascents, including Everest, but specialises in free climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world.