Film: The Great White Silence

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 14:30 to 16:30

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.

£6.00 (members); £8.00 (non-members)

Film- The Great White Silence (1924 – 108 minutes). Newly restored by the British Film Institute and a winner of awards, The Great White Silence is a deeply moving account of Scott’s sea journey south from New Zealand and, once his team reaches Antarctica, their preparations for the long walk.
Scott chose to take Salisbury born Herbert Ponting to record the journey .Thanks to Ponting’s superb eye, a century later we have an astonishing visual account of his tragic quest. After Scott’s death Ponting began a lecture tour which he eventually built into a silent film (now with a new haunting score) introducing intertitles, as well as his own stills, maps, portraits and paintings, to create a narrative of the terrible events. He even filmed some novel sequences using models and stop-motion photography to show the various journeys of the polar teams. The final film was tinted and toned to express lighting effects. Although he did not travel beyond the final base camp, Ponting had the foresight to film Scott, Edward Wilson, 'Taff' Evans and Henry Bowers (interestingly, the same men, with Lawrence Oates, were to form the - as yet unselected - polar team) manhauling the sledge and cooking and sleeping in their tent, just as they were to do for real on the way to and from the Pole.