The British Film Institute’s new restoration of the most renowned of all early polar films: Hebert Ponting’s 1924 version of the story of Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic ‘Dash’ to the South Pole in 1911. Already established as one of England’s leading still photographers, Ponting was the first filmmaking professional and the first photographic artist to accompany a polar expedition. Haunted by Scott’s death, his re-issues and re-edits of this footage, from 1912 until the early 1930s, did much to establish the Edwardian legend and the tragedy of ‘Scott of the Antarctic’. The restoration of The Great White Silence also re-confirms Ponting’s craft as a landscape and natural history cameraman.
Screening @Arc Cinema
National Film and Sound Archive – McCoy Circuit, Acton
Special ticket prices apply
Bookings phone 02 6248 2000 or the NFSA Box Office
Full details nfsa.gov.au/arc
SATURDAY 10 MARCH SUNSET (OUDOORS) –
MONDAY 12 MARCH 3.30PM
THURSDAY 15 MARCH 2PM
THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE
Dir: Herbert Ponting, 1924, 108 mins @ 18fps, 35mm, (unclassified 15+)
Courtesy of the British Film Institute. Pre-recorded accompaniment, with a new score by Simon Fisher-Turner.