South: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic

In cinemas 28 January 2022.

Watch a clip from South: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic (1919)

Considered the world’s first documentary feature, South is the original film – exquisitely photographed by Frank Hurley – of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 to 1916 Endurance expedition to Antarctica, during which the ship was crushed by ice, stranding the crew.

Notable for its stunningly dramatic images and the matter-of-fact way in which it deals with the actions of the explorer in the face of death, the film has been digitally remastered by BFI National Archive with a newly commissioned score by Neil Brand.



27 January
BFI IMAX + new live score performed by the Covent Garden Sinfonia, conducted by Ben Palmer

From 28 January
BFI Southbank
Picturehouse Cambridge
Picturehouse Central
Picturehouse Finsbury Park
Picturehouse Fulham Rd
Picturehouse Greenwich
Picturehouse Norwich


From 4 February
Bertha Doc House, London

11 February
HOME, Manchester

13 February
Northampton Filmhouse
QFT Belfast

18 February
Quad, Derby

19 February
Hebden Bridge Picture House

20 February
Royston Picture Palace

21 February
Picturehouse Ashford
Picturehouse Bath
Picturehouse Bromley
Picturehouse Edinburgh
Picturehouse Crouch End
Picturehouse Duke Of York Brighton
Picturehouse East Dulwich
Picturehouse Exeter
Picturehouse FACT Liverpool
Picturehouse Gate Notting Hill
Picturehouse Hackney
Picturehouse Henley
Picturehouse Oxford
Picturehouse Ritzy Brixton
Picturehouse Southampton
Picturehouse Stratford
Picturehouse West Norwood
Picturehouse York

From 22 February
Dukes, Lancaster

26 February
Storyhouse Chester

27 February
The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

South: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic (1919)

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