The summit ridge climb shown in the film was the real thing. What doesn’t show is that the NW ridge wasn’t accessed direct from Colin Todd hut. We put in fixed ropes on the Therma face of Mt Aspiring because the director ‘didn’t want any footprints’ on the ridge. The whole crew dropped off the NW ridge into the Therma, traversed, then went vertically up to the NW ridge.
In an article first published in the 1993 Alpine Journal, Bob McKerrow recounts how a publican from the Red Lion Hotel ended up at the summit of Red Lion Peak.