The Great White Silence

Director: Herbert Ponting

Released: UK 1924  

Length: (106 mins)

Herbert Ponting was official photographer to Scott’s Antarctic Expedition 1910/1913). Ponting filmed almost every aspect of the expedition: the scientific work, life in camp and the local wildlife. Those things that he was unable to film he recreated back in the UK. He recorded the preparations for the assault on the Pole- from the trials of the caterpillar track sledges to clothing & cooking equipment and one is given a real sense of the challenges faced by the expedition.

In 1924 he re-edited his material into this very remarkable feature, complete with vivid tinting and toning. The alien beauty of the landscape is brought dramatically to life and the world of the expedition is revealed in brilliant detail. This is a rare chance to see an early and highly interesting documentary.

Event information


26 Apr 2022


1:00 pm


Arts Picturehouse