Doc ‘Explorer’ Headed to Digital and On Demand Aug. 30

The documentary Explorer, a portrait of Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be available via digital and on demand Aug. 30 from Universal Pictures Content Group.

The documentary peels back the layers of the explorer’s life to go beyond his record-breaking achievements and reveal the man behind the myth. Fiennes is credited with the sensational title of being the World’s Greatest Living Explorer. Among his extraordinary achievements, he was the first to circumnavigate the world from pole to pole, crossed the Antarctic on foot, broke countless world records and discovered a lost city in Arabia. He has traveled to the most dangerous places on the planet, lost half his fingers to frostbite, raised millions of pounds for charity and was nearly cast as James Bond (He also happens to be a cousin to Ralph and Joseph.).  

The film also features appearances from HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, and fellow explorer Bear Grylls, as well as exclusive access to Fiennes, his film archive, preserved and cared for by the BFI National Archive, covering decades of expeditions and contributions from life-long friends and colleagues.

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“In Explorer, I wanted to create a compelling portrait of the real man behind the myth, and between the cracks of the ordinary and the extraordinary, I hope audiences see for themselves an intimate side to his personality and the motivations that drive him,” director Matt Dyas said in a statement.

Explorer is a Good Productions film in association with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Universal Pictures Content Group.

 

Comedy ‘Doula’ Available for Digital Purchase and Rental June 20

The comedy Doula will be available for digital rental or purchase June 20 from Universal Pictures.

Troian Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars”) stars in the film about a pregnant couple who reluctantly hires a male doula.

After dating for a matter of months, thirtysomethings Deb (Bellisario) and Silvio (Arron Shiver) are expecting their first child. When their elderly midwife Penka passes away suddenly, Silvio makes the hasty decision to hire Penka’s son, Sascha (Will Greenberg), as their live-in doula. Deb is nonplussed, as Silvio didn’t consult her before hiring, but before long, Sascha’s unconventional style wins her over. As Deb and Sascha grow closer, and the pregnancy nears its inevitable conclusion, Silvio starts to feel like the odd man out. His continued efforts to exert control over the pregnancy lead to a blow-up fight in which he forces Deb to choose between him and Sascha.

Rounding out the cast is Chris Pine, who stars as Deb’s doctor, with Amanda Walsh, Ally Maki, Elyse Levesque, Alex McKenna and Robert Baker.

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Doula marks the first feature film produced by Pine and his new production company Barry Linen Motion Pictures, produced in association with Vacation Theory and Universal Pictures Content Group.

“Making Doula was a dream come true,” Pine said in a statement. “It’s written by one of our best friends, directed by one of our best friends, starring a bunch of our best friends. The film was a ton of fun to make and we hope audiences see that when they’re watching it.”

Doc ‘The Last Mountain’ Due on Digital and On Demand March 15

The documentary The Last Mountain will be released on digital and on demand March 15 from Universal Pictures Content Group. 

Directed by Emmy award-winner Chris Terrill and from Emmy Award-winning producer Julia Nottingham and BAFTA Award winning producer Olivia Lichtenstein, The Last Mountain explores the forces that drove two mountaineers — one a mother, the other her son — to their untimely deaths a quarter of a century apart.

It’s the compelling true story of 30-year-old climber Tom Ballard who disappeared on one of the Himalayas’ most deadly mountains, Nanga Parbat, in February 2019. Ballard was a British rock climber, alpinist and the son of mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, who perished on K2 in 1995. Mother and son, two of the greatest climbers of all time, died at almost the same age, in the same mountain range, both doing what they loved best. They now lie forever encased in the ice of the high Himalayas. Left behind to cope with the enduring tragedy are Tom’s sister Kate and their father Jim.

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The film follows Kate on an emotional journey to say goodbye to her brother on Nanga Parbat. Using archive footage from 1995 and Tom’s own extraordinary footage taken up until the days before his death, the film explores what made Tom continue his ascent with Italian climber Daniele Nardi after the other two members of the expedition turned back. Combining years of intimate, unseen family archives with footage of the family that director Chris Terrill has shot in the years since Alison’s passing, the documentary tells the story of a family who lived — and were prepared to die — for the love of scaling the icy heights of the world’s highest peaks.