It is a land of mystery and yet what happens here affects every single one of us. With never-before-seen footage , our story brings audiences to the farthest reaches of this wild and majestic continent. It is the coldest, driest, and windiest place on Earth with the roughest oceans and yet, weird and wonderful creatures thrive here in astounding abundance. Antarctica is the perfect fit for the giant screen. Using the latest underwater filming techniques, dive beneath sea ice, more than 6 feet thick, to experience the alien world of its seafloor—thousands of purple starfish scuttling to escape being entrapped by growing ice and elaborate jellyfish dancing a deadly dance. Swim alongside playful seals, soar above mountain peaks and vast penguin colonies and witness the largest congregation of fin and humpback whales ever filmed. Although so remote from us, Antarctica and its surrounding Southern Ocean play a vital role for the entire planet, regulating ocean currents, sea levels and its wildlife-filled waters can absorb huge amounts of carbon. New science is revealing that dramatic changes are occurring and rapidly warming this pristine land of snow and ice. No one owns Antarctica but it will take global cooperation and collaboration to protect it and ensure the future health of our planet.

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2020
  • Date Released:
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  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 20-30, 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, DCI-compliant Laser, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, Dome-customized 15/70, D3D/Christie Cinedome, ESX Dome, Fulldome
  • Distributor:

    SK Films

  • Produced By:

    BBC Earth Natural History Unit

  • Executive Producer: Jonathan Williams
  • Producer: Jonny Keeling (producer), Myles Connolly (supervising producer), Abi Lees (assistant producer)
  • Director:  Fredi Devas
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer: 
  • Cinematography:
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  • Music/Score:  Academy Award Winner Hans Zimmer & Emmy® Nominated Jacob Shea of Bleeding Finger Music
  • Editor: Dave Pearce
  • Narrator: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Other Credits: logistical support provided by the US National Science Foundation and with support from the British Antarctic Survey
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  • Animals
  • Climate Change
  • Nature



  • Best Film-Short Subject, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2021
  • Best Film for Lifelong Learning, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2021
  • Best Cinematography, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2021
  • Best Sound Design, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2021
  • Best Visual Effects, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2021
  • Best Original Score, GSCA Achievement Awards, 2021

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