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The Great White Silence 12 rating

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.

Documentary 1924 107 mins Silent

Director: Herbert G. Ponting



The Great White Silence is one of the jewels in the crown of the BFI National Archive fully justifying this stunning tinted and toned restoration with new score by electronic musician Simon Fisher Turner. The official film record of the British Expedition of 1910-13 led by Scott was reworked by photographer Herbert Ponting to tell the tragic tale but it is the beauty of the images of Antarctica’s frozen landscapes in this film that linger. Please note this film contains offensive racist language.

Restoration supported by The Eric Anker-Petersen Charity. This film contains racist language. BFI does not endorse the language used in this presentation or align itself with it. BFI seeks to provide historically relevant depictions of our past and give you, as the viewer, control over what you watch by being transparent about its content.