Channel 4 has commissioned documentary, Everest [w/t], from new indie Parable.

The documentary followed Ant Middleton (SAS: Who Dares Wins, Mutiny) as he attempted to climb Everest for the first time – and became caught up in extreme weather conditions near the summit.

The film has been produced in association with vitamin and energy supplement Berocca.

Parable have also captured 360 footage, which will be released alongside the main documentary.

The film tells the story of Middleton’s climb, starting from his arrival in Kathmandu. It follows him on the trek up to Base Camp through the beautiful Khumbu Valley, to the strange world of Base Camp (a seasonal tented town at 5.300m), and sees him explore the life of the Sherpas.

The film is being directed Ed Wardle, one of the UK’s leading experts in filming in extreme environments.

David Wise, Parable’s CEO and the executive producer of the film, said, “This film will pack a real punch as we see Everest through Ant Middleton’s eyes – combining adventure, adrenaline and travelogue with the unpredictability and danger posed by extreme weather at high altitude”.

Ant Middleton said, “Since I was 16 years-old, I’ve dreamed of reaching the summit of Everest. Nothing could have prepared me for the conditions I faced… but I respect the mountain and its extremes are part of what I wanted to experience for myself”.

Alf Lawrie, Commissioning Editor added; “Ant Middleton is one of Channel 4’s most engaging, charismatic and inspirational presenters and in this film viewers will see him in a new light – raw and stripped back, as he takes on one of the most iconic adventures in the world”.

Vicky Keenan, Berocca Head of Marketing added “To climb Everest is the ultimate physical and mental test of strength, energy and endurance so we were delighted to support Ant in helping him to fulfil his awe-inspiring ambition.”

Parable launched in March 2017. After initially focusing on VR and 360 content creation, the company is now working across a range of immersive content as well as 2D content for television, brands and institutions. The company was founded by David Wise, former Director of Programmes at The Garden Productions, Nicholas Minter-Green, former President of Economist Films) and director and editor Jonathan Rudd.

Parable is currently in production with C4’s first original VR commission, Grenfell: Our Home.

Staff Reporter

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