Jan Arnold breathless at big screen adaptation of Everest tragedy
A Nelson doctor whose husband died on Mt Everest says a trailer for a movie telling the story of the tragedy "left her breathless".
"The trailer is so dramatic, so intense and so personally un-nerving, flinging me back 19 years," Jan Arnold said.
The trailer of the movie Everest was released yesterday. The movie looks at one of the deadliest days in the history of climbing the world's tallest mountain when eight people died after being caught in a massive storm.
Arnold's husband, New Zealand mountaineer Rob Hall, and another Kiwi Andy Harris were among those who died in the violent blizzard in 1996.
The movie features Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, and Sam Worthington. Australian actor Jason Clarke plays Hall and Arnold is played by Keira Knightley.
Arnold has previously said she was flattered that Knightley was cast to play her. "She is very beautiful and sweet and she has a sensitivity and a desire to portray my character well."
The movie is due to be released in September.
The trailer shows Knightley making the emotional satellite calls to Hall as he was trapped high on Everest in the deadly storm. Arnold was pregnant with their daughter Sarah at the time. Sarah was born nine weeks after Hall died.
During the last call to Arnold, Hall was able to reassure Arnold he was comfortable and told her: "Sleep well my sweetheart. Please don't worry too much."
Arnold said she was pleased the trailer included a request for viewers to support the relief work in Nepal after the devastating earthquake in April that killed more than 8000 people, and left thousands more injured and homeless.
"Having visited, worked and climbed there, I really want to see Nepal get the help it needs to rebuild itself," she said.
Arnold supports the Himalayan Trust which is holding two fundraising events for Nepal in Nelson this month.
On Sunday the trust is holding a special screening at Nelson's State Cinema of Beyond the Edge, which looks at Sir Edmund's successful ascent of Mt Everest with Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Sir Edmund founded the Himalayan Trust in 1960.
Sir Edmund's son Peter Hillary will speak to movie-goers in a Skype question and answer session before the movie starts. Peter Hillary was in Nepal when the April earthquake struck.
Arnold said the trust was also giving away an amazing prize of three, six-month double passes to the State Cinema.
On June 16 the trust will hold an auction evening at the Boathouse with prizes including two return airfares from Auckland to Kathmandu, two nights at Mt Cook's The Hermitage, and weekends at baches in Golden Bay and the Marlborough Sounds.
* Beyond the Edge, movie screening, 10.30am State Cinema $20. All proceeds to the Himalayan Trust's earthquake appeal.
* Charity Auction, the Boathouse Tuesday, June 16, 6pm to 8pm. Admission $10, wine and beer available.