23 September 2019 | ma-cortes
A retelling of Sir Ernest Shackleton 's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in 1914-1916, featuring spectacular scenes and actual locations
The true story of Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition to the South Pole, and his heroic fight to lead his twenty-eight man crew to safety after his ship was crushed in the pack ice . On the brink of death , key expedition members carry out extreme courage as their only weapon.
Nice and breathtaking miniseries formed by two long episodes , shot in enough budget . It contains great production design, spectacular scenes and notorious as well as charming British actors. However , the film relies heavily on the complex relationships between Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton/Kenneth Branagh , his wife/Phoebe Nicholls and lover/ Embeth Davidtz . The movie gives engaging messages about fraternity, comradeship, compassion, forgiveness, love, courage and struggle for life . Including a lot of flashbacks and helping of the footage and still photos shot on the expedition. Shackelton is pretty well portrayed as the magnificent leader that he was, but is not presented as an infallible genius. He was a man who demonstrated extraordinary qualities in difficult circumstances, and he was a man who understood the burden of his leadership and the importance for getting his men home safely . Kenneth Branagh as Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton gives a very good acting . He is well accompanied by a fine plethora of Englsih players such as Corin Redgrave , Nicholas Rowe , Shaun Dooley , Kevin McNally , John Grillo , Mark Williams , Joseph Long , Mark Tandy , Robert Hardy , among others .This mini-series was written and directed by Charles Sturridge . He directed FairyTale: A True Story (1997) , A handful of dust , The scapegoat , Brideshead revisited (1981) ,Runners . And has directed various episodes , miniseries and Telefilms as Gulliver's Travels , Longitude ,The spoils of war , World in Action ,The Road to Coronation Street , Churchill's Secret , Cormoran strike , Crown Court , The Storyteller , Marcella , Sandition , Da Vinci's Demons , and several others
The miniseries finely based on historical facts , adding more remarks , these are the following ones : Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 - 5 January 1922) was a British polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Born in Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland, Shackleton and his Anglo-Irish family moved to Sydenham in suburban south London when he was ten. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery expedition of 1901-1904, from which he was sent home early on health grounds, after he and his companions Scott and Edward Adrian Wilson set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S. During the Nimrod expedition of 1907-1909, he and three companions established a new record Farthest South latitude at 88°S, only 97 geographical miles from the South Pole, the largest advance to the pole in exploration history. Also, members of his team climbed Mount Erebus, the most active Antarctic volcano. For these achievements, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home. After the race to the South Pole ended in December 1911, with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to the crossing of Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole. To this end, he made preparations for what became the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. Disaster struck this expedition when its ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed before the shore parties could be landed. The crew escaped by camping on the sea ice until it disintegrated, then by launching the lifeboats to reach Elephant Island and ultimately South Georgia Island, a stormy ocean voyage of 720 nautical miles and Shackleton's most famous exploit. In 1921, he returned to the Antarctic with the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, but died of a heart attack while his ship was moored in South Georgia. At his wife's request, he was buried there. Away from his expeditions, Shackleton's life was generally restless and unfulfilled. In his search for rapid pathways to wealth and security, he launched business ventures which failed to prosper, and he died heavily in debt. Upon his death, he was lauded in the press but was thereafter largely forgotten, while the heroic reputation of his rival Scott was sustained for many decades. Later in the 20th century, Shackleton was "rediscovered¨, and rapidly became a role model for leadership as one who, in extreme circumstances, kept his team together in a survival story described by cultural historian Stephanie Barczewski as "incredible".