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Antarctica

Film (Full Length) – 1980

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Exempt

The fierce cold and awesome isolation of Antarctica is evoked in this 1980 NFU survey of scientific projects and life on New Zealand’s Ross Dependency. Geological and wildlife work is counterpointed by domestic details: a “housewifely” cleaning regime, an impressive liquor order, time-marking beards, and radio chatter at odds with the desolation. There’s poignant footage of one of the last sightseeing flights before the Erebus disaster; and the doco grapples with the uneasy possibility that research may lead to exploitation of the continent’s natural resources.

The nearest thing you can get to being on the moon, on earth.
– Interviewee

Key Cast & Crew

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Bayly Watson

Cinematographer

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Ross Chambers

Editor

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David Sims

Writer, Producer

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Lynton Diggle

Director, Additional Photography

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Steve Douché

Sound Editor

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Judith Scannell

Research

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