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Review: The Sanctity of Space

The glorious landscapes of mountainous regions are majestic at the best of times, coupled with the triumph and endeavours of the human spirit make it even grander. The Sanctity Of Space brings a trio of climbers who attempt climbing places that have never been reached before and we get to witness not only their attempts but also their inspiration.

More than eighty years after Brad Washburn first photographed Denali in Alaska, climbing buddies Renan Ozturk and Freddie Wilkinson look at some of Washburn’s images and have this crazy idea: rather than go up, their dream is to go sideways — across the range’s most forbidding peaks, the Moose’s Tooth massif. It’s a decidedly new school way to explore the same landscape Washburn first discovered.

As they pioneer the route over the course of two expeditions, enduring freezing bivies, cut ropes, and rockfall along the way, their desire to be the first to complete the audacious line grows into an obsession.

Epic visuals really doesn’t do The Sannctity Of Space any justice whatsoever. The vast landscapes of the mountain peaks is simply breathtaking as the cameras swoop through the crevasses before opening on our intrepid and some may call crazy, band of climbers who face everything from the elements, to wall surfaces simply crumbling as they attempt to climb up them.

The history of Brad Washburn and his wife Barbara is as compelling as the rest of the story if not more so at times as the frustrations, tragedies and ultimate triumph bring the story to life.

The Sanctity Of Space brings various different elements together including the explanation of how some of these glorious images were taken, which for budding photographers is a beautiful gift in the film-making.

Ultimately The Sanctity Of Space is an epic, breathtaking, gloriously beautiful story that will leave you suffering vertigo and psychological scars that the climbers endure, but one that you will thoroughly enjoy as the glories of nature are laid bare on the screen for everyone to enjoy.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Sanctity Of Space Is In Selected Cinemas 4th March

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