Photographed by Frank Hurley,South is the film record of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s heroic but ill-starred attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914-16. It is both a unique historical document, and a tribute to the indomitable courage of a small party of men who set out on a voyage of discovery that turned into an epic struggle for survival.
Restored by the BFI National Archive from a wide range of materials, tinting and toning was applied to match the original prints and has produced this handsome and richly coloured testament to a remarkable episode in the history of exploration. It is presented with an extensive collection of films (many previously unseen) from around the world, highlighting various expeditions from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Antarctic Expedition: Sir George Newnes' Farewell to Officers and Crew (1998, 1 min)
Departure of Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition from Lyttelton, New Zealand, 1908 (1908, 8 mins)
Nihon nankyoku tanken (1912, 19 mins)
Fram's South Polar Expedition (22 mins)
Australasian Antarctic Expedition Films aka The Home of the Blizzard (c1916, 68 mins)