Tonight’s movie screening with the Arthouse Film Festival was ANTARCTICA: A YEAR ON ICE. It’s a documentary about spending a year on the continent, as told by New Zealander Anthony Powell. He repairs satellite dishes at and around McMurdo Station. Anthony shot the footage for this movie over the course of 10 years, using self-made camera mounts and many cameras over the years. What you see are time lapse movies of the area, you also get to see the sky, stars, and Southern Lights.
While the majority of this movie shows amazing visuals of what it’s like to live down there, there’s a focus on the lives of the people who spend their time there year-round. The stations there are heavily populated during the Summer, and more or less go into maintenance mode for the rest of the year. Naturally, their Winter is our Summer, and this base has 4 months without sunlight.
If you are interested at all in Antarctica, see this movie, and see it in a theater, sit close to the screen. It’s unbelievable. It’s definitely my favourite documentary from this season of the AFF, so far.
The movie opens November 28th. Don’t miss it!
Check out the link below, it contains clips from the film, but they don’t compare to seeing it on the big screen.