Mountain, a unique cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom. Narrated by Willem Dafoe, the 2017 documentary’s musical score is inspired by the beauty of the amazing cinematography and includes both original compositions and iconic works such as Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The film’s dazzling images and cinematography of the high peaks and mountains around the world, depict more than just their tremendous beauty, but represent that, “The mountains we climb are not only made of rocks and ice…but also dreams and desires.”
Only three centuries ago, setting out to climb a mountain would have been considered close to lunacy. Mountains were places of peril, not beauty, an upper world to be shunned, not sought out. Why do mountains now hold us spellbound, drawing us into their dominion, often at the cost of our lives? From Tibet to Australia, Alaska to Norway armed with drones, Go-Pros and helicopters, director Jennifer Peedom has fashioned an astonishing symphony of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. Willem Dafoe provides a narration sampled from British mountaineer Robert Macfarlane’s acclaimed memoir Mountains of the Mind, and a classical score from the Australian Chamber Orchestra accompanies this majestic cinematic experience.