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
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.