Touching the Void: LIVE – Barbican, 18th June

TOUCHING THE VOID: LIVE

WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF THE AWARD-WINNING FILM ACCOMPANIED BY A 60-PIECE LIVE ORCHESTRA PLUS EXCLUSIVE Q&A

Sunday 18 June 2017
From 6pm
Barbican Hall, London

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• Author and star of Touching the Void, Joe Simpson, will introduce the screening in an exclusive Q&A with director Kevin Macdonald and composer Alex Heffes

• Alex Heffes will conduct a 60-piece orchestra playing his music in synch with the film

• A rare opportunity to see this ground-breaking and Bafta Award-winning film on the big screen

• Tickets available now from the Barbican box office: barbican.org.uk or by phone 020 7638 8891


The Bafta-winning drama-documentary gets the big-screen treatment with a live orchestral soundtrack.

A tale of life-changing decisions and survival against the odds, Touching the Void tells the true story of two British climbers and their near-death experience on a Peruvian mountain. Based on the autobiographical book by Joe Simpson, the film uses dramatised scenes interspersed with interviews with the mountaineer and his partner Simon Yates – all scored by the composer Alex Heffes.

Tonight Heffes’s sweeping crescendos and foreboding motifs – which perfectly echo the despondent situation Simpson found himself in – are brought to life as the 60-piece Touching the Void Orchestra play in synchronization with a screening of the film. And in a rare public appearance, Simpson discusses the film and his real-life story in a Q&A with composer Heffes and director Kevin Macdonald.

Approximate Timings (subject to changes):
6pm Q&A with Joe Simpson, Kevin Macdonald and Alex Heffes
6.40pm interval
7pm Touching the Void (complete film) (105mins)

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