The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition
2000 104/92 min. Color & B/W: 35mm, all video formats English
Narrated by Liam Neeson
Based on the best selling book by Caroline Alexander
2000 Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals, 2001 Seattle, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Hot Docs festivals, among others
A White Mountain Films/NOVA co-production in association with Channel 4, Telepool, SVT, Discovery International, the American Museum of Natural History and Shackleton Schools
Produced and Directed by: George Butler
Written by: Caroline Alexander, Joseph Dorman, Jeremy Evans
Co-Producer: Louise Rosen
Music Composed by: Michael Small
In December 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 27-man crew set sail, intent on accomplishing the first crossing of the Antarctic continent. Ice conditions were unusually harsh that year and the wooden ship became trapped in pack ice, one day’s sail short of her destination. Ten months later the ship was crushed to splinters by the colossal force of the ice pressure and the men were forced to live on floating ice.
When the ice disintegrated, they took to their lifeboats and made a mad journey to a rocky outcropping called Elephant Island. The unprecedented events that followed include Shackleton’s 800 mile crossing of Drake’s Passage in a small open boat through a winter hurricane, traversing an unmapped glacier and the eventual rescue of every member of his crew, nearly twenty-two months after their journey began.
This documentary is a gripping account of this great adventure that goes far beyond the epic story. By drawing the viewer inside the individual experiences, this incredible story of human triumph, and Shackleton’s great leadership, is revealed.