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Crossing the Ice

55m Adventure, Documentary 2012

RENT FOR 48 HOURS: It’s the scene of one of the greatest and most tragic human exploration stories of all time: when Amundsen and Scott raced each other to be first at the South Pole, neither knew one team would triumph while the other would die in a lonely, brutal world.

A hundred years later, Australian adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, dare to not only tackle the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and return, but to do it completely unassisted – no sled dogs, no wind kites, just two men dragging their food, their shelter and themselves across 1140 kilometres of barren ice. And back again.

Many have tried. All have failed.

After years of planning and preparation, Cas and Jonesy arrive to tackle one of the last great Antarctic odysseys, but discover an eerie similarity to Captain Scott’s epic quest: there’s a Norwegian on the ice. He’s more experienced, he’s tackling the exact same record and he has a head start.

As they battle frostbite, hypothermia, crevasses and starvation over three months of torture in the harshest place on Earth, Cas and Jonesy discover their limits, the nature of sportsmanship and the boundaries of the human spirit.

WINNER of 15 International Film Awards including Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award at Banff Mountain Film Festival.