“A world beater and a good money spinner”

[South (orig. In the Grip of the Polar Pack Ice), by Frank Hurley, 1919. Watch entire film on BFI website.]

“All the plates which were exposed on the wreck nearly twelve months ago turned out excellently. The small Kodak film suffered through the protracted keeping but will be printable.”

— Frank Hurley

“Hurley later described In the Grip of the Polar Pack Ice as ‘a world beater and a good money spinner: how could it be otherwise when I had a shipwreck, men marooned on drifting ice floes, and one of the greatest boat voyages in history as subjects for my camera.'”

Michael Fox, essay introducing the film for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, 2012

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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