Mountain (2017 film)

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Film poster
Directed byJennifer Peedom
Produced byJo-Anne McGowan
Jennifer Peedom
Written byRobert Macfarlane
Jennifer Peedom
Narrated byWillem Dafoe
Music byRichard Tognetti
CinematographyRenan Ozturk
Edited byChristian Gazal
Scott Gray
Distributed byAmstelfilm (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Madman Entertainment (Australia) (theatrical)
Neo Films (Greece) (theatrical)
DCM Film Distribution (Germany) (all media)
Release date
  • June 12, 2017 (2017-06-12) (Australia)
  • Mountain Live ACO event (Mountain Live ACO event)
Running time
74 min.

Mountain is a 2017 Australian documentary film, co-written, co-produced and directed by Jennifer Peedom. It premiered at the Sydney Opera House in June 2017. Mountain follows Peedom's 2015 film documentary film Sherpa.


Narrated by Willem Dafoe and through astonishing images and a beautiful cinematography, the film explores the high peaks and mountains around the world.



After her critically acclaimed film, Sherpa, Peedom resumes her work with American mountaineer and photographer Renan Ozturk. He is responsible for most of the images in the film. American actor Willem Dafoe narrates the film and reads passages from Robert Macfarlane's book "Mountains of the Mind".[1]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 84% based on 58 reviews, with an average rating of 7.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Mountain offers a visually thrilling — and surprisingly affecting — look at man's relationship with some of Earth's most imposing natural wonders."[2] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[3]

Janine Israel from The Guardian gave the film four out of five stars and called it a "masterful documentary".[4] Gayle MacDonald from The Globe and Mail also gave the film four out of five stars.[5] Harry Windsor from The Hollywood Reporter called it: "one of the most visceral essay films ever made, with Peedom and her Sherpa altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk unfurling a series of glistening images that should be seen only on the biggest of big screens. Gliding shots of snow-capped mountains ringed by clouds and the daredevils who climb them are overlaid with excerpts from Robert Macfarlane's 2003 memoir-meditation Mountains of the Mind, voiced with suitable cragginess by Willem Dafoe."[1]

Robert Mackenzie was nominated for "Best Achievement in Sound for a Documentary" at the 2017 Australian Screen Sound Guild for his work on "Mountain". The film was also nominated for "Best Documentary Feature" at the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival, "Best Documentary Film (Local or International)" at the Australian Film Critics Association on 13 March 2018.[6] On the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival, it was nominated for "Best Documentary".[7]


  1. ^ a b Windsor, Harry (20 June 2017). "'Mountain': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Mountain (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Mountain Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ Israel, Janine (13 June 2017). "Mountain review: a sublime rush of adrenaline and orchestral beauty from the director of Sherpa". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Gayle (11 January 2018). "Review: Do not watch Mountain if you have a fear of heights". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  6. ^ "The 2018 AFCA Awards". Australian Film Critics Association. Archived from the original on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Mountain (I) (2017): Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 23 February 2018.

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