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.
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
This is an absolutely incredible visual and auditory experience. The scenery is close to what one would have seen in the Lord of The Rings films, and the music seems like it's from Lord of The Rings as well. It's almost as though the globe shifted and New Zealand overlapped with Antarctica, complete with similar production companies.
For some reason, the narrative is very difficult to follow. For about fifteen seconds someone is being interviewed, and then another person is being interviewed for about five seconds. Then there are some time lapse penguins and some time lapse views of mountains with heroic music. It's almost like watching a large number of commercials end to end.
After a while the fascination wears off. In some ways I started to feel like I was trapped in a camera that refused to function correctly. I never really got a chance to find out about anyone or their experience in depth. There isn't really any sense of character development. Plenty of descriptions of things but not too much much reflection of how it feels.
If you're looking for something to watch that is visually stunning, this is probably as good as it gets. If you're interested in finding out what it's like to spend a year in Antarctica there are some excellent written accounts from explorers in the past that describe a lot more of what it was really like, minus the comfort of email.
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