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.


Anthony Powell


Simon Price (story editor)
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Credited cast:
Genevieve Bachman Genevieve Bachman ... Self
William Brotman William Brotman ... Self
Michael Christiansen Michael Christiansen ... Self
Tom Hamann Tom Hamann ... Self
George Lampman George Lampman ... Self
Peter Lund Peter Lund ... Self
Keri Nelson Keri Nelson ... Self
Casey O'Brien Casey O'Brien ... Self
Anthony Powell Anthony Powell ... Self
Christine Powell Christine Powell ... Self
David Prutsman David Prutsman ... Self
Josh Swanson Josh Swanson ... Self
Andrew Velman Andrew Velman ... Self


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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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 »


Keri Nelson: I was actually on my knees, and I was crying. That's how beautiful it was to me.
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Follows Frozen Planet (2011) See more »

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So Interesting that you forgot about imperfections...
3 November 2015 | by UmpahpahBgSee all my reviews

A documentary made through the lenses of Anthony Powell, photographer who spent many years in Antarctica lead you to the incredible journey to the world we really don't know much. The author describe just a portion of this amazing place over one year of time, combining short interviews, wonderful time lapse photography and just a glimpses of ordinary life of the small population that works on Antarctica. The movie opened many fascinating phenomena, from the mighty storms and winds, cold, 4 months in constant daylight and than darkness and the ways people adapts to those conditions, (T3 Syndrome, for example) which can really be a separate topics for more than one documentary.

Although the movie is not perfect, by my opinion, as it lack some inside to the geography of the place and at least some facts about the conditions there, it basically opened many more questions form me. This movie and its amazing topic with conditions where it was filmed basically don't give you the space to moan about imperfection that surely exists. Instead, it make you wondering about all what is seen, with a feeling that you would like to see much more.

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Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antarktika: Ein Jahr im Eis See more »

Filming Locations:

Antarctica See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,238, 30 November 2014

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Antzworks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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