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Antarctic Crossing

Film (Full Length) – 1958

Kiwi George Lowe directed this Oscar-nominated film of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-58), which made the first overland crossing of the continent via the South Pole. Lowe joined mission leader Sir Vivian Fuchs’ party coming from Shackleton Base, spotting hazards for the vehicles and dogs. NFU veteran Derek Wright filmed the Edmund Hillary-led NZ support crew coming from the other side of Antarctica, and helped drive the tractors. Worried about running out of food while waiting for Fuchs to reach the Pole, Hillary and his team headed to the Pole first, against his orders.

At a time when man was looking to the dawn of travel into space, one great journey of discovery was not yet completed on his own planet.
– From the narration

Key Cast & Crew

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George Lowe

Director, Camera

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Derek Wright


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Edmund Hillary


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James Carr


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Humphrey Searle


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Dennis Gurney


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Produced by

World Wide Pictures