“Sound of Music” doc hits right note for Zodiak

Zodiak Rights has acquired the special Climbed Every Mountain, which reveals the true story behind the The Sound of Music's Von Trapp family. (Pictured: Nicholas Hammond)
November 8, 2012

Zodiak Rights has acquired the Northern Upstart special Climbed Every Mountain, which reveals the true story behind The Sound of Music.

The one-hour special follows Nicholas Hammond, the actor who played Friedrich von Trapp in the 1965 film, as he returns to Austria to find out more about the family fictionalized in the film. He meets locals who remember the real Maria von Trapp differently than how she was portrayed onscreen by Julie Andrews, and journeys to Vermont to meet the Von Trapp descendants.

Climbed Every Mountain also includes rare and never before seen footage of the Von Trapps in the 1950s, and home movies shot by Hammond’s mother during the filming of The Sound of Music.

“The movie’s charm is that it continues to captivate and uplift generation after generation, but the true story of the Von Trapps who fled Austria and became a touring musical act living on a tour bus for 22 weeks a year is an astonishing and life-affirming one,” said Nicholas Hammond in a statement.

Zodiak Rights owns the worldwide distribution rights to the international version of Climbed Every Mountain. BBC2 is set to premiere the documentary this winter.


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