Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)

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A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, and enduring months of darkness in the coldest place on Earth.


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Anthony Powell ...
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This feature-length film reveals what it is like to live and work at the bottom of the planet, in Antarctica, for a full year. The story is not from the point of view of scientists, but of the people who spend the most time there; the everyday workers who keep the stations running in the harshest place on the planet. Filmed over 15 years by Frozen Planet photographer Anthony Powell, the film features a unique insiders point of view, with unparalleled access, and never before seen stunning footage of the deep Antarctic winters. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language


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Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Antarktyda: rok na lodzie  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,238 (USA) (28 November 2014)


$287,761 (USA) (20 March 2015)

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Car batteries were often used to keep cameras running in temperatures as low as -60c / -75f ambient. See more »


Anthony Powell: There's a saying among the women of Antarctica, "The odds are good, but the goods are odd."
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Follows Frozen Planet (2011) See more »

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Anarctica: A Year On Ice
22 February 2015 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

This film by Anthony Powell shows us what it is like to spend a year in Anarctica. The winters are killer! The temperature goes to -40 degrees and winds blow at 100 mph. The sun disappears for 4 months at McMurdo Station. This film is not about scientists. It is about the people who work at the base and keep it functional. We get inside their heads. There are folks who fell in love with the place and can't seem to get enough of it. There are others who wonder if they did the right thing by coming here. I actually found myself wanting to spend some time in Anarctica even while knowing it will never happen. The stars of the southern sky are compelling and, of course, everybody loves penguins!

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