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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.

Director:

Anthony Powell

Writer:

Simon Price (story editor)
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Cast

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

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and language
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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antarktika: Ein Jahr im Eis See more »

Filming Locations:

Antarctica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Antzworks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some shots were taken without knowing exactly what the camera was actually seeing, as the LCD display had frozen solid. See more »

Quotes

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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A visual marvel
31 August 2015 | by winstonncSee all my reviews

Powell's time-lapse cinematography, which seems to take up about half the running time, is astonishing - eerie, hypnotic and beautiful. This is a world very few will ever know firsthand - or want to - but Powell certainly reveals its beauties. The film is meant to be a chronicle, and there is no narrative per se. The last third of the film drags a bit here and there and some of the interviews get a tad repetitive. Those who like this will find Werner Herzog's "Encounters at the End of the World" an interesting contrast. Werner Herzog's focus is less on the place but the filmmaker's fascination with the people who go Antartica and their reasons for wanting to be there.


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