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Touching the Void breaks UK records for documentary



Story by: Jack Foley

BAFTA award-winner, Touching the Void, by Academy Award-winning director, Kevin Macdonald, has overtaken Bowling for Columbine as the highest grossing documentary in UK box office history.

Released by Pathé Distribution on December 12, 2003, and now in its 11th week in cinemas, the current gross box office is £1,681,619 and climbing…

After winning the prestigious Best British Film Award at Sunday's BAFTA ceremony, it is fully expected that it will go on to gross well in excess of £2million.

It means it heads a list of commercially successful documentaries in the UK, as follows:

1. Touching the Void (2003) £ 1, 681, 619
2. Bowling for Columbine (2002) £ 1, 667, 625
3. In Bed With Madonna (1991) £ 1, 246, 070
4. Buena Vista Social Club (1999) £ 955, 278
5. Etre Et Avoir (2003) £ 704, 582
Source: AC Nielsen EDI

Touching the Void was produced by John Smithson, of Darlow Smithson for FilmFour, and was made with the support of the UK Film Council New Cinema Fund, in association with Channel 4 and PBS.

Touching The Void won the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year at the recent BAFTA Awards, as well as the Evening Standard's Best Film Award.

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