‘The Great White Silence’ at Mansfield LIbrary

Mansfield Library Auditorium is hosting a showing of ‘The Great White Silence, a film by Herbert Ponting and a BFI National Archive restoration.

It will be shown on Sunday 16th September at 2pm (doors 1.30pm).

Tickets are £4 and available from the library box office on 01623 651337.

A hundred years ago the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913) led by Captain Scott set out on its ill-fated race to the South Pole. Joining Scott on board the Terra Nova was official photographer and cinematographer Herbert Ponting. Ponting filmed almost every aspect of the expedition: the scientific work, life in camp and the local wildlife-including the characterful Adelie penguins.

Most importantly, Ponting recorded the preparations for the assault on the Pole, giving us a real sense of the challenges faced by the expedition. Ponting used his footage in various forms over the years and in 1924 he re-edited it into this remarkable feature.

The BFI National Archive-custodian of the Expedition negatives-has restored the film using the latest photochemical and digital techniques. The alien beauty of the landscape is brought dramatically to life and the world of the expedition revealed in detail.