Artist’s Film Choice: The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition

The Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition is a documentary film of the first successful expedition to cross Antarctica via the South Pole, led by Sir Edmund Hilary and Vivien Fuchs between 1955 and 1958. Shot on 16mm film stock, the vintage documentary follows every leg of their unprecedented and dangerous journey as the explorers faced blizzards and temperatures below -30˚C. An engrossing and beautiful artefact, the film is a time capsule containing the complete Antarctic journey accompanied by voices, journeys and images of an era of heroic exploration.

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