Shackleton’s Captain

Captain Frank Worsley signs on as Captain of the Endurance to navigate Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew across to Antarctica. The ship becomes frozen in pack ice and is crushed, the fate of the crew stranded on the Antarctic ice seems sealed – were it not for the exceptional seamanship and navigational talents of Captain Worsley. With the help of emotionally moving recreated scenes the film tells, for the first time ever, the true story of Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic-Expedition from the perspective of his remarkable Captain.

News

  • 10/2013 - "Shackelton´s Captain" and "New Zealand from Above" selected for competition at Berg & Abenteuer Filmfestival in Graz

    We are very pleased to announce that both of our productions “Shackelton´s Captain” and “New Zealand from Above – fjords [...]

    We are very pleased to announce that both of our productions "Shackelton´s Captain" and "New Zealand from Above - fjords and rain forests" are selected for the competition at the 25th International Berg & Abenteuer Filmfestival in Graz, which takes place from the 12th till the 16th November.
     

  • 11/2012 - "Shackelton´s Captain" honored with camera price

    Cinematographer Simon Baumfield  was awarded for best cinematography in the category documentary/factual by TVNZ  for his work in Shackleton’s Captain [...]

    Cinematographer Simon Baumfield  was awarded for best cinematography in the category documentary/factual by TVNZ  for his work in Shackleton's Captain at the most important TV-awards in New Zealand.

  • 12/2012 - "Shackleton's Captain" awarded Best Script

    After recieving the camera award, now we are glad to announce, that “Shackleton’s Captain” was honored in the category `Best [...]

    After recieving the camera award, now we are glad to announce, that "Shackleton’s Captain" was honored in the category `Best Script´ at this year's Torello Mountainfilm festival in Spain.

    Mountain Filmfestival of Torello



Shackleton’s Captain

Captain Frank Worsley signs on as captain of the Endurance to navigate Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew across the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. But when the ship becomes trapped in the ice and crushed, the fate of the crew stranded on the Antarctic ice seems sealed – were it not for the exceptional seamanship and navigational skills of Captain Frank Worsley.

In October, 1914, under the command of Capt. Frank Worsley, the Trans Antarctic Expedition ship, Endurance sets sail for Antarctica. The goal of expedition leader, Sir Ernest Shackleton, is to cross the icy continent by way of the South Pole but just sixty miles off the Antarctic coast, the Endurance becomes trapped in the pack ice and slowly but surely is crushed. The crew members are now without shelter, exposed to the mercy of howling storms and sub- zero temperatures. Fifteen months go by before they can finally launch their lifeboats back into the water thus beginning another, even more torturous ordeal.

With almost superhuman determination and after forty hours in the bitter cold clutching the tiller of a tiny lifeboat, Worsley manages to steer the crew to Elephant Island – an uninhabited pile of rocks in the Antarctic Ocean. With no shipping routes anywhere close by, there is little chance of the crew being rescued. Shackleton, Worsley and four others set sail in the lifeboat on a desperate rescue mission for help headed for the island of Sth Georgia. Ahead, they face 800 miles of the worst ocean in the world and it’s winter. During more than two weeks amidst ferocious seas, pouring rain, storms and tempest, Worsley is only able to catch a glimpse of the sun four times. With extraordinary skill he uses his sextant to determine their position– knowing the slightest inaccuracy will keep the small lifeboat from ever reaching the safety of their island destination.

Shackleton’s Captain tells for the first time ever, the true story of Shackleton‘s expedition across the Antarctica from the perspective of his exceptional captain. Beautifully realised, emotional and moving recreated scenes bring to life the rigors experienced by the crew in the freezing cold of the wintery Southern Ocean as we experience how, despite the most adverse conditions possible, Captain Frank Worsley navigates and sales the lifeboat through pack ice, ocean currents and winter storms.

Frank Worsley: Craig Parker
Sir Ernest Shackleton: Charles Pierard
Tom Crean: Hugh Barnard
John Vincent: Blake Henshaw
Timothy McCarthy: Tony Graimes
Harry McNish: William Hemming
Frank Wild: Robert Ireland

Written by: Leanne Pooley, Tim Woodhouse
Directed by: Leanne Pooley
Edited by: Tim Woodhouse
DoP: Simon Baumfield
Music: John Gibson
Sound: Myk Farmer, Hammond Peak, Douglas Dreger, Steve Finnigan, Mike Bayliss
Sound design: James Hayday
Special effects: Film Effects Company LTD
Visual effects: Brenton Cumberpatch
Post production: Images and Sound
Key Grip: Kevin Donovan
Archives: Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
Royal Geographical Society
Scott Polar Research Institute
Peter Young Stock Footage
NHNZ Moving Images
Colin Monteath / Hedgehog House
TVNZ Archive
Tony Mooy Hurley
German voice of Craig Parker: Martin Halm
Production: James Heyward, Christian Beetz, Catherine O'Sullivan, Andy Salek
Editorial Assistant: Tanja Haller (ZDF)
Editorial Office: Peter Allenbacher (ZDF), Jude Callen (TVNZ)

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