Antartic explorer to introduce film at Saffron Screen

PUBLISHED: 11:35 11 July 2011

The Great White Silence

The Great White Silence


Before the Sunday screening, Dr Peter Clarkson MBE, Emeritus Associate, from the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge will introduce the film. Dr Clarkson is a geologist who has been on many field trips to the Antarctic and was awarded an MBE in 2010 “for services to Antarctic science”.

One hundred years ago the British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Scott set out on its ill-fated race to the South Pole. Joining Scott on board the Terra Nova was official photographer and cinematographer Herbert Ponting, and the images that he captured have fired imaginations ever since. Ponting filmed almost every aspect of the expedition: the scientific work, life in camp and the local wildlife - including the characterful Adélie penguins

Stunningly restored by the BFI, The Great White Silence is a fascinating and poignant film. Originally silent, the visuals are now accompanied by a new musical score by Simon Fisher Turner. An otherworldly mixture of electronica, ambient “found” sounds and original recordings provides an eerie enhancement to the beautiful but bleak landscape

Tickets and further information are available online at, from the Tourist Information Centre in Saffron Walden, or at the cinema box office.

Evening tickets: adults £6.20, adult concession £5.20, 18 and under £4.60.

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