It reminded me that I had seen a documentary some years ago about the voyage of the Endurance that contained film footage taken by a member of the expedition, Australian photographer, Frank Hurley. So I decided to track it down and watch it again.
I couldn't remember whether I'd seen the The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2001), starring the voice of Liam Neeson, or some accidental channel-surfed episode of Nova, Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance (1999). I found the latter on YouTube and watched it in little pieces and realized the film I was remembering was, in fact, South, the silent film made by Frank Hurley himself and the one I'd stumbled across on the shelves of the late, great Video Vault, the only store of its kind in my area. Because it was the only store of its kind in my area, it was choked to death by exorbitant rent and (yes, I know) Netflix.
The photographs and stills from the expedition are breathtaking. I present some of them here in this slideshow.