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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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Credited cast:
Genevieve Bachman ... Herself
William Brotman ... Himself
Michael Christiansen ... Himself
Tom Hamann ... Himself
George Lampman ... Himself
Peter Lund ... Himself
Keri Nelson ... Herself
Casey O'Brien ... Himself
Anthony Powell ... Himself
Christine Powell ... Herself
David Prutsman ... Himself
Josh Swanson ... Himself
Andrew Velman ... Himself


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:

Antarktika: Ein Jahr im Eis  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,238, 28 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$287,761, 22 March 2015
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The time-lapse sequence in the film of the ice pressure ridges changing shape took 5 months to capture, and lasts about 8 seconds on screen. 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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....if not the best documentary I've ever seen.
3 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

I feel like I learned so much about living on the continent, something most docs never really show(at least human life).

Although subjects like the interaction between humans and other animals on Antarctica were very quickly touched upon, the imagery from the filmmaker told a story he didn't need to share with words.

It was so beautifully shot by Antony Powell whose 13 years living on the ice met he knew his subject well enough to capture every thing the Terran is.

I love the fact that the movie starts out with the section of Antarctica not always fully covered in ice. I knew it existed but It's always weird when it's mentioned (or seen). It sets the tone that your going to learn something new from this doc, and I did.

I got a feel of what it's like to live in the arctic from people from all walks of life who do it year long. Not just scientist and military types,but regular people like fire men and store clerks (who run convenient stores on Antarctica). Living with each other in the most isolated place imaginable.

I got to see what I've only read about, like the four mouths of never ending darkness after the four mouths of never ending sunlight. The monstrous weather. I got so see what these conditions do to humans like a brain freeze that makes you loose your track of thought and how living through the harsh winter makes you interact with others who don't.

And of course we got to see penguins (and other animals as well).

It was just a beautifully shot and interesting documentary from a filmmakers personal experience. Fantastic!

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