“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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