Antarctica: A Year on Ice

I just watched a documentary by Anthony Powell called “Antarctica: A Year on Ice.”  The film was released in 2014 by Music Box Films.  The filmmaker states at one point that it took 10 years to capture all of the images of this film and thousands of dollars in cameras and film equipment (specially modified cameras, time-lapse photography and cameras he made himself).

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In the beginning of the film, Anthony Powell talked about how he wanted to capture the experience of what living on Antarctica all year was like.  Many of those interviewed in the documentary stated how difficult it was to explain the experience of living there to their friends and family who live in other parts of the planet.

Those who live in Antarctica year round are not just scientists, but technicians, tradesmen and craftsmen.  They are often isolated from the rest of the world.  They endure months of darkness during the winter, to then face summer and periods when the sun never sets.  It is easy to forget how cold Antarctica is when watching images full of sunshine.  The people living on Antarctica live in temperatures that make the -6 degrees Fahrenheit that I am experiencing today seem breezy and warm.

To say that this documentary is beautifully filmed seems like such an understatement.  This film is truly a visual feast.  Be prepared to see stunning images of Mt. Erebus, penguins being penguins, hellacious storms, the night sky like you’ve never seen it before and the pristine beauty of nature.

One part of the film that I found particularly intriguing was when Anthony Powell talked about noise pollution and how quiet parts of Antarctica are.  (Especially when the wind isn’t blowing.)  I like knowing that there are places that one can still experience silence.

This film is successful in sharing the experience of life on Antarctica for a year.  Not only are the images of Antarctica stunningly beautiful, but the stories shared by the people who live there are deeply moving.  I highly recommend this film.  Not only is it creative and beautiful, but it captures the adventurous human spirit.

The following sentence taken from the Rotten Tomatoes Website description of the documentary and sums it up perfectly:

“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.”

2 thoughts on “Antarctica: A Year on Ice

  1. Lately the blog has not let me like them but I want you to know I have been enjoying them. We will be down again 2/11. I hope you had a great christmas and new year.

    On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 10:39 PM, Cats Out of the Box wrote:

    > kanewischer posted: “I just watched a documentary by Anthony Powell called > “Antarctica: A Year on Ice.” The film was released in 2014 by Music Box > Films. The filmmaker states at one point that it took 10 years to capture > all of the images of this film and thousands of dolla” >

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    • kanewischer says:

      Sue – I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog. I have really enjoyed blogging. Thank you for encouraging and supporting me. Can’t wait to see you in February. – Jill

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