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Screening of ‘South’ with musical accompaniment by pianist John Sweeney

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Antarctica on Film and Screen

Photographer Frank Hurley with camera

Frank Hurley with movie camera below the bow of the ‘Endurance’ © RGS-IBG

Screening of ‘South’ with musical accompaniment by pianist John Sweeney

A special screening of the British Film Institute’s restored version of South, Frank Hurley’s silent film record of the Endurance expedition, with a piano performance by John Sweeney, a specialist in accompanying silent films. It is both a unique historical document, and a tribute to the indomitable courage of a small party of men who set out on a voyage of discovery that turned into an epic struggle for survival. This restored version of the film has been constructed by the National Archive from a wide range of materials. The National Archive has applied its own tinting and toning to match the original prints, and has produced this handsome and richly coloured testament to a remarkable episode in the history of exploration.

John Sweeney has played for silent films since 1990 at diverse venues including Riverside Studios Cinema, National Film Theatre, Nottingham Broadway and the Barbican Centre, London.

Film running time: 80 minutes

Saturday 16 September 2017, 2 pm – 3:30 pm

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