Film record of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914-16.

Photographed by Frank Hurley, 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 It is both a unique historical document, and a tribute to the indomitable courage of a small party of men who set out on a voyage of discovery that turned into an epic struggle for survival.

This restored version of the film has been constructed by the National Archive from a wide range of materials. The National Archive has applied its own tinting and toning to match the original prints, and has produced this handsome and richly coloured testament to a remarkable episode in the history of exploration.

With thanks to the Royal Geographical Society for access to their stills collection.

The James Caird Society

The James Caird Society exists to preserve the memory, honour the remarkable feats of discovery in the Antarctic and commend the outstanding qualities of leadership associated with the name of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The Restoration of South

The restored version of the film has been constructed by BFI Collections at the J Paul Getty Conservation Centre. The painstaking restoration used a wide range of materials, including a print and negative deposited by the distributor Sir William Jury.

Special features

  • Film commentary.
  • Additional footage of Shackleton’s funeral and Southward on the Quest.
  • Recently discovered footage of the Ross Sea Party, with commentary.
  • Extensive stills gallery and more.
  • Contains optional subtitles for the hearing impaired.

Product information

    • Certificate


    • Colour

      Black/white and tinted

    • Sound

      Silent with music

    • Running time


    • Subtitles

      English for the hard-of-hearing

    • Original aspect ratio


    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number


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