Qualified reviewer to report on either (a) one of the recent
documentaries featuring Frank Hurley's footage of Ernest Shackleton's
1914-16 expedition to the Antarctic, or (b) the spate of recent film and
television programming featuring this footage in different incarnations
-- surely the biggest deployment of pre-1917 archival footage to be
found in popular media. *Report/review (c. 1,500 - 2,000 words) will
appear in THE MOVING IMAGE, Journal of the Association of Moving Image
Archivists, published twice yearly. *Deadline for next issue, August
Contact: *Dan Streible, [log in to unmask], Film Review Editor, THE MOVING
The recent productions include
(1) THE ENDURANCE: *SHACKLETON'S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION *
Cowboy Pictures documentary *
Directed by George Butler, based on the book by Caroline Alexander.
Narrated by Liam Neeson. *
93 minutes. Still in theatrical release.
(2) The TV series "Nova" just broadcast the two-hour SHACKLETON'S VOYAGE
OF ENDURANCE on PBS,
George Butler's expanded version of THE ENDURANCE.
(3) *Nova's Giant-Screen Film, SHACKLETON'S ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE, is also
in theatrical release.
Narrated by Kevin Spacey. *Directed by George Butler. 40 minutes.
********************************************In 1999-2000, the production
team undertook two expeditions to the Antarctic. Mountain climbing
experts Reinhold Messner, Stephen Venables, and Conrad Anker retraced
the historic steps across the mountains and glaciers of South Georgia
Island. *Also features the original 35mm motion-picture footage of Frank
Hurley, the official photographer for the Endurance expedition. *WGBH
Enterprises, Giant-Screen Films, is the distributor, in
15-perforation/70mm and 8-perforation/70mm giant-screen formats. **Still
in IMAX theater run.
(4) two-part A&E "Biography" ERNEST SHACKLETON: LOOKING SOUTH (premieres
in the US, April 7-8, 2002)
(5) ANTARCTICA: A FROZEN HISTORY (History Channel)
(6) SHACKLETON AND THE ANTARCTIC (Channel 4 Television, UK)
Documentary produced to accompany THE ENDURANCE for the series "To the
Ends of the Earth" (a WGBH production for Channel 4), first shown on
Channel 4 in November 2000 (a WGBH production for Channel 4), first
shown on Channel 4 in November 2000.
(7) SHACKLETON (2001, Firstsight Films), a two-part drama, starring
(8) BREAKING THE ICE (2001), documentary about the making of the Branagh
drama; premiering on A&E in the US, as THE MAKING OF 'SHACKLETON'
(9) also, SOUTH (1919) released by Milestone Film & Video (their
Interested parties may want to read Julie Salamon, "TV Discovers the
Antarctic Explorer Shackleton in a Big Way," NEW YORK TIMES, March 26,
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