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Shackleton

"An excellent adaptation"

"gripping, well portrayed, a must see"

"A very moving adventure tale, that is not to be missed"

"Kenneth Branagh gives a powerful impression of a most commanding personality"

Shackleton with Kenneth Branagh

In 1914 Ernest Shackleton and his crew set off for the South Pole on the ship Endurance. It sank leaving them stranded and this is the story of their fight for survival.

Review

Shackleton is not a biopic of the great Anglo-Irish explorer but a dramatisation of the failed trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-16. As written and directed by Charles Sturridge (Longitude) the production, filmed on real ice floes in Greenland, stays remarkably close to the facts, capturing the look of the surviving expedition photos of Frank Hurley (collected in the book South With Endurance) with great fidelity.

When the expedition ship Endurance became locked in the Antarctic ice Shackleton vowed to bring every man home alive, and against virtually impossible odds, including a 700-mile journey in an open boat through some of the worst seas in the world, he did just that. This superlative mini-series realises the story with production values and cinematography which would not disgrace a big-budget feature. Intense physical drama, strong performances and Adrian Johnston's fine score combine here to deeply moving effect. With Roland Huntford, author of the definitive Shackleton biography, as production advisor, this easily stands as the benchmark for all comparable future films.

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