The Great White Silence
In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.
What's most instantly striking about this restoration of original footage from Captain Scott's ill-fated 1910 Antarctic Expedition is its immediacy. Yes, it might have been filmed more than a century ago (owing, happily, to a radically far-sighted decision by Scott to document the trip on film); yes, Simon Fisher Turner's superb new score (featuring found sounds and archival recordings, including an original sample of the ship's bell and ambient recording taken inside Scott's tent) evokes the sublime, uncanny nature of such desolate uncharted country; and yes, the colourful tints and grading of the newly restored print highlight the utterly alien, transfixing nature of some of the sights and natural phenomena Scott's crew witnessed, like the midnight sun rippling on the sea. But it's the unexpected warmth and humour of Ponting's inter-titles that instantly charm the viewer.