Hillary: Ocean to Sky – Premiere Screening + Q&A presented by Michael Dillon


Hillary: Ocean to Sky - Premiere Screening presented by Michael Dillon at Byron Theatre

For the people of India, it was a pilgrimage led by a hero of almost god-like status and millions lined the river to watch him pass in his ‘miraculous’ jet boats.

For Ed and his 22-year-old son, Peter, it was a healing journey too, as they came to terms with the recent loss of Ed’s beloved wife, Louise, and daughter Belinda.

For Ed’s team of friends, it was a thrilling ride through the heart of India aboard three of New Zealand’s iconic Hamilton Jet Boats. Driven by the son and grandson of the inventor, and Hillary’s friend and Hindu scholar, Dr Jim Wilson, they navigated the Ganges’ tiger infested delta, crossed its vast, fertile flood plains, struggled up gorges guarded by fearsome rapids towards it sacred origins among the peaks of the Himalaya.

Then, near the Ganges’ snowy source the unthinkable happened. The first man to climb the world’s highest mountain succumbed to severe altitude sickness. The story of the desperate race by his friends and son to save his life has never been told.

Yet, to Hillary, Ocean to Sky always remained “the best journey of them all.”

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Director Michael Dillon.
In the event that Michael is unable to attend due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the film’s Editor, Mike Balson, and Sound Designer, Michael Worthington, will take his place to answer your questions.

Directed, filmed and produced by Michael Dillon.
Music by Paul Jarman & Stewart Peters. Edited by Mike Balson.

★★★★ “Age and the contemplation of mortality has added insight, context and wisdom to this re-examination of the great adventure the expedition became.” Dominion Post

★★★★★ “A poem to the past.” Otago Daily Times

★★★★ “A crazy, at times nerve racking trip of a lifetime. A great yarn.” NZ Herald

★★★★ “Part journey of nostalgia, part action replay. Resounds with camaraderie and jocularity.” NZ Listener


Please Note: This event is live in the theatre.

This is a Covidsafe event, therefore we will be operating at restricted capacity with social distancing measures in place.
For the health & safety of all, signage & sanitising stations are set up throughout the venue. We ask that you adhere to all covid guidelines while attending the theatre.

 The Byron Theatre and Community Centre is a registered CovidSafe business.

N.B. Subject to availability, E-Tickets can now be purchased online up to the event start time to avoid unnecessary queues at the box office.
5.00pm – Venue doors open | Box Office sales open | Venue Bar open
5.30pm – Theatre Doors open 
6.00pm – Introduction by Michael Dillon
6.15pm – Hillary: Ocean to Sky 
8.00pm – Q&A with Michael Dillon
8.30pm – Event concludes