Videos!


Antarctica - Under the Ice
Wild South, Available from the International Antarctic Centre, Education Programme Resources.
All ages. Running time approximately 60 minutes. Below the wind-swept coastal Ice of the Antarctic, lies a mysterious and impenetrable world, whose inhabitants have never been seen by the human eye. But now, through the magic of high technology, cameras loaded onto a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) have paved a way through this watery frontier, and captured the beautiful and bizarre life-forms that exist Under the Ice.

The Big Ice
Wombat Film & Video, 1984, Produced by New Zealand National Film Unit, 39 Minutes.
Very good film. Focused on the history of scientific research in AA. Lots of footage of early and present-day scientists, including some women. Review by D. Haller.

Emperors of Antarctica
Wild South, Available from the International Antarctic Centre, Education Programme Resources.
All ages. Running time approximately 60 minutes. On the world's harshest continent the breeding ordeal of emperor penguins defies belief. The programme interweaves two dramatic human stories: the first about how three pioneers nearly died in 1911, and the second about the TVNZ camera crew, how, even with high-tech equipment, they still battled against the Antarctic winter, to gain spectacular footage and tell an enthralling story of this southernmost and smallest colony of emperor penguins.

Exploring Antarctica
Questar Home Videos, 60 Minutes
Interesting historical and present day accounts of the history of exploration of the South Pole and Antarctica. Lots of footage of various explorers and expeditions from past to present. Includes footage of what was occurring in society during the periods of exploration. Review by D. Haller.

Exploring Antarctica
Rand McNally, 48 Minutes
Visit the Antarctic Peninsula with a modern day group of travelers. Lots of footage of ice covered landscape and wildlife. Review by D. Haller.

Icebird - Adelie Penguins in Antarctica
Wild South, International Antarctic Centre, Education Programme Resources.
All ages. Running time approximately 50 minutes. Adelie penguins go through one of the most fascinating breeding cycles in the world. Icebird tells their story. Brilliantly photographed, it reveals their race against time, from when the males land on the spectacular icebound shores to the chicks first clumsy forays into the freezing seas of Antarctica. Icebird captures both the grand sweep of polar nature and intimate domestic dramas, as the Adelies in their 40,000-strong colony surmount the dangers or jealous neighbours, savage predators, chilling blizzards - and a heat wave of four degrees above freezing.

Icebound
Available from the International Antarctic Centre, Education Programme Resources.
Celebrating 100 years of man's exploration of the last continent.

The Longest Night
Wild South, Available from the International Antarctic Centre, Education Programme Resources.
All ages. Running time approximately 60 minutes. The turning of the Antarctic season is revealed through the lives of a handful of people who are isolated for the longest night. They endure four months of gloom, and the unbelievable cold which instantly freezes boiling water - or kills unwary people. They marvel at the transcendental beauty of the Aurora Australis - frozen fire in the night sky.

Ozone - Cancer in the Sky
Wild South, Available from the International Antarctic Centre, Education Programme Resources.
Running time approximately 60 minutes. In this remarkable video you are taken through the period of sunrise in Antarctica when ozone depletion commences. Why does this happen and what are the consequences. Antarctica is a beautiful place and this fulm shows that, but overhead something sinister is happening.

Solid Water Liquid Rock
Wild South, Available from the International Antarctic Centre, Education Programme Resources.
All ages. Running time approximately 60 minutes. The world's southernmost volcano - Mt Erebus in Antarctica. By remote submarine from the seabed hundreds of metres deep, we explore the amazingly rich life under the ice and encounter the incredible underwater wall of the Erebus Glacier. Reaching the 3000 metre summit we find steaming fumeroles building fantastic ice chimneys and carving ice caves. Finally, by remote camera, the Erebus' lava lake is explored - a glimpse into the inner workings of the earth.

90 Degrees South
An absolute treasure for antarctic history buffs if you can get your hands on it. This fill was shot during the last expedition and contains the movies and photos of the brilliant photographer, Ponting. Ponting also narrate this 1933 revised edition. You must see this one! Review by W. Philips.

Antarctica
Japanese docudrama about dogs accidentally left behind to survive the antarctic winter. Very slow at times. And very sad. Music by Vangelis (Chariots of Fire). Review by W. Philips.

Scott of the Antarctic
Good retelling of Scott's race to the South Pole. Despite the too sympathetic view, the film hints at some of his many short comings. Review by W. Philips.