South is the film record of Sir Ernest Shackleton's heroic but ill-starred attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914-16. It is both a unique historical document, and a tribute to the indomitable courage of a small party of men who set out on a voyage of discovery that turned into an epic struggle for survival. At the film’s centre is the astonishing sight of the ship, Endurance, trapped in the ice. Photographer Frank Hurley captured his most dramatic shots in the blackness of the polar night by surrounding the ship with twelve magnesium flares. These ghostly images of Endurance in its final hours are among the most unforgettable images in early cinema.
Performing live: Neil Brand (piano)
This film is part of the Sheffield All-Dayer at Abbeydale Picture House. All-Day Early Bird tickets are available until April 13th.
Make a weekend of it with the great value Sheffield Big Weekend Pass. This gets you into all eight ysff events at Abbeydale Picture House and Showroom Cinema 11 - 13 May. To immerse yourself in live-scored silent cinema even more, there's the Sheffield Full Festival Pass which includes everything in the Big Weekend plus four more events.