South: Shackleton film at IFI

Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 5 (Sep/Oct 2006), News, Volume 14

Still from the film showing Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, stuck in the ice

Still from the film showing Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, stuck in the ice

Interest in Ernest Shackleton has been renewed recently, thanks in partto a successful exhibition held last year at the National Museum,Collins Barracks. South (80 mins) is a record of Shackleton’s attemptto cross Antarctica via the South Pole in 1914. Filmed by expeditionmember Frank Hurley, the film was originally released in 1914 andchronicles what happened to Shackleton and his team of 27 men whentheir ship Endurance was crushed by heavy ice, leaving them strandedfor almost two years. South records the plight of Shackleton’s team, asthey fought against conditions that made survival look impossible. Thefilm will be introduced by Jonathan Shackleton, a cousin of theexplorer.
6.30pm, 18 October 2006, Irish Film Institute, Eustace Street, Dublin.

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