The Great White Silence (re-issue) Cert. U Picture house at FACT

  • Released1924
  • Running time106 minutes
  • DirectorHerbert G Ponting
  • CastRobert Falcon Scott

A hundred years ago the British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Scott set out on its ill-fated race to the South Pole.

Joining Scott on board the Terra Nova was official photographer and cinematographer Herbert Ponting, and the images that he captured have fired imaginations ever since. Ponting filmed almost every aspect of the expedition: the scientific work, life in camp and the local wildlife.

Most importantly, he recorded the preparations for the assault on the Pole - from the trials of the caterpillar-track sledges to clothing and cooking equipment - giving us a real sense of the challenges faced by the expedition.

In 1924 Ponting re-edited the film into this remarkable feature, complete with vivid tinting and toning. The BFI National Archive has restored the film using the latest photochemical and digital techniques and reintroduced the film's sophisticated use of colour. (London Film Festival)

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