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Antarctica: A Year on Ice

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Overview

Antarctica: A Year On Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen. Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth. Capturing epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter, this unique documentary shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced. Using specially modified cameras and spectacular time-lapse photography, filmmaker Anthony Powell captures the splendor of the region like no film before. Antarctica: A Year On Ice gives testament to the planet’s natural wonders, humanity’s thirst for adventure, and the emotional extremes that accompany a year within the last pristine wilderness on the planet.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“Sublime! Rhapsodic!”

ALAN SCHERSTUHL

VILLAGE VOICE

“Breathtaking! Astounding! Entertaining and enlightening.”

WALTER ADDIEGO

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Dazzling.”

NICOLAS RAPOLD

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Fascinating.”

KENNETH TURAN

LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Extraordinary! Reinvigorates our sense of wonder about the natural world.”

PETER CALDER

THE NEW ZEALAND HERALD

“Quirky, fascinating.”

MOIRA MACDONALD

THE SEATTLE TIMES

“Fascinating...dazzling arctic vistas and otherworldly sights...vividly depicts a way of life that most of us, fortunately or not, will never get to experience.”

FRANK SCHECK

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Cast & Crew
  • Director/Producer/Cinematographer : Anthony Powell
  • Executive Producer : Anthony Biello
  • Consulting Producer : Costa Botes
  • Sound Design : Tim Prebble
  • Dialogue Editor : Chris Todd
  • Editor & Story Editor : Simon Price
  • Music : Plan 9
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2013
  • Release Date : 11/28/17
  • Countries of Production : New Zealand
  • Languages : English
  • Running Time : 92 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : 5.1 Surround
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : PG For Mild Thematic Elements and Language
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Feature Audio Commentaries with Director Anthony Powell

Outtakes and Behind the Scenes

Bonus Time-lapse Sequence

New Zealand Radio Interview

Saving Scott’s and Shackleton’s Huts