brings amazing survival story to
Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater
Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2001) - Experience a treacherous ocean voyage,
the unforgiving cold of the Antarctic and a trek over uncharted
glaciers in one of the greatest survival stories of all time during
"Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure," opening
Jan. 3 at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater.
large-format film is narrated by Kevin Spacey and tells the true
story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914-1916
British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Although the expedition
never accomplished its goal of the first crossing of the Antarctic
continent, it has become a larger-than-life testament to heroism
and human endurance. Despite harsh conditions, all 28 men survived
two years in the barren, frigid Antarctic when their ship, the
Endurance, was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed.
Antarctic Adventure" recounts a true story of epic proportions
that is ideally captured in the giant-screen format," said
Susanne Simpson, executive producer. "Viewers will feel as
if they have been transported back in time to experience what
is considered to be 'the greatest survival story of all time.'"
December 1914, Shackleton set sail with his 27-man crew, many
of whom, it is said, responded to the following recruitment notice:
wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long
months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful.
Honour and recognition in case of success. -Ernest Shackleton.
conditions were unusually harsh, and the wooden ship-which Shackleton
had renamed the Endurance after his family motto, Fortitudine
Vincimus, translated "by endurance we conquer,"
became trapped in the pack ice of the Weddell Sea. For 10 months,
the Endurance drifted, locked within the ice, until the
pressure crushed the ship. With meager food, clothing and shelter,
Shackleton and his men were stranded on ice floes, where they
camped for five months.
When the floe on which they were living drifted into open leads
of water, the men sailed the three small lifeboats they had salvaged
to a bleak crag called Elephant Island. They were on land for
the first time in 497 days; however, the island was uninhabited
and, due to its distance from shipping lanes, it provided no hope
the severity of the physical and mental strains on his men, Shackleton
and five others immediately set out to take the crew's rescue
into their own hands. In a 22-foot lifeboat named the James
Caird, they accomplished the impossible-sailing 800 miles
through the world's worst seas to South Georgia Island, where
a whaling station was located-a feat considered one of the greatest
open boat journeys of all time.
six men landed on an uninhabited part of the island, however,
so their last challenge was to cross 26 miles of uncharted mountains
and glaciers, considered impassable, to reach the whaling station
on the other side. Starved, frostbitten and wearing rags, Shackleton
and two others made the trek and, in August 1916, 22 months after
the initial departure of the Endurance, Shackleton himself
returned to rescue the men on Elephant Island. Although they had
withstood the most incredible hardship and privation, not one
member of the 28-man crew was lost.
including the super-sized, crystal-clear, "you-are-there"
images for which giant-screen films are best known, Shackleton's
Antarctic Adventure features the remarkable original still
photography and 35mm motion-picture footage of Frank Hurley, the
official photographer for the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic
Expedition. Hurley, known as a man who would go to any length
to get a shot, documented the ordeal, which will provide viewers
of Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure with an intimate look
at the experiences of these 28 men as they struggled to survive
and save themselves.
provide perspective on what Shackleton and his men accomplished,
Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure highlights the experiences
of three of the world's most-accomplished mountaineers-Reinhold
Messner (Tyrol), Stephen Venables (England) and Conrad Anker (USA)-who
retraced the historic steps of Shackleton and his two crew members
across glacier-clad South Georgia Island.
Sunday - Thursday: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM & 5 PM and
Friday - Saturday: 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM & 9 PM ET
Antarctic Adventure is sponsored by Morgan Stanley
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