"An excellent adaptation"
"gripping, well portrayed, a must see"
very moving adventure tale, that is not to be missed"
"Kenneth Branagh gives a powerful impression of a most
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.
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
Intense physical drama, strong performances and Adrian Johnston's fine
score combine here to deeply moving effect. With Roland Huntford, author of the definitive
as production advisor, this easily stands as the benchmark for all
comparable future films.
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