To the Ends of the Earth
Journey across the planet’s most challenging terrain in this ode to exploration and endurance.
Our Subscription collection expands on the films in the related Free collection by showcasing some of the astonishing feature-length works from the pinnacle of exploration on film; including the stunning BFI National Archive restorations, The Great White Silence and The Epic of Everest.
We also include works from those notorious adventurer-filmmakers, Werner Herzog and Barbet Schroeder; while the indigenous story is captured in Ciro Guerra's remarkable Embrace of the Serpent.
The contribution of Black and Indigenous peoples to the history of exploration remains a largely untold story; yet drama and documentary continue to draw inspiration from those who travel to the ends of the Earth – and the lessons to be learned from what they find there.
Action and Adventure2015124 minsDirector: Ciro Guerra
The spirit of Werner Herzog and Apocalypse Now imbue this majestic Oscar-nominated odyssey through the heart of the Amazon.
Historical drama197294 minsDirector: Werner Herzog
This early masterpiece from Werner Herzog stars Klaus Kinski as a power-crazed explorer in sixteenth-century South America who leads a band of conquistadors through the Amazon in search of El Dorado.
Historical drama1981157 minsDirector: Werner Herzog
One of Werner Herzog's most acclaimed and audacious films, Fitzcarraldo tells the incredible story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an opera-loving fortune hunter who dreams of bringing opera to the heart of the Peruvian jungle.
Non-Fiction192487 minsDirector: J.B.L. Noel
Premiere. A breathtaking and poignant account of the valiant 1924 British assault on the awe-inspiring peak, beautifully restored by the BFI.
Documentary1924107 minsSilentDirector: Herbert G. Ponting
The BFI Archive's restoration of Herbert Ponting's official film record of Captain Scott's tragic expedition to the South Pole, with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.
Documentary201691 minsDirector: Sabine Krayenbühl
Tilda Swinton narrates the extraordinary journey of Gertrude Bell, a singular woman who played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy making in Iraq.
Drama1972105 minsDirector: Barbet Schroeder
Different worlds collide when a chic young diplomat's wife meets an intriguing adventurer and his hippy friends in Barbet Schroeder's striking second feature.