Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Film 5th August 2012 (AFS)

The Great White Silence

7pm Sunday 5th August 2012

Dir. Dir. Herbert G. Ponting | 1924 | English | 96 mins | U

A BFI restoration of this remarkable 1924 documentary, chronicling Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Its director Herbert G Ponting was the Antarctic Expedition’s official photographer-cum-cinematographer – his camera takes in the otherworldly landscapes, the wildlife (penguins, seals, killer whales, Skua gulls) and the goings-on back at base camp as the men and their animals prepare for their daunting challenge. The footage is accompanied by a haunting original score, while Abide With Me has rarely sounded so poignant.

Guardian | TotalFilm | BFI