So whilst we in the UK experience a little cold snap, I got to thinking about that last great adventure [Earthside anyway] about to start in March 2013. THE COLDEST JOURNEY ON EARTH is going to be attempted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team. The mission: to be the first to travel across Antarctica during Winter.
I think I first became interested in Polar expeditions after seeing the loose filmic adaptation of Alistair MacLean’s Ice Station Zebra in the mid 70s. There’s always something compelling about films dealing with these narrative sites [perhaps akin to submarine and locked mystery stories] of ‘contained space’; paradoxical with the poles, as they are contained yet at the same time expansive.
The other film that always comes to mind [an excellent example of isolation in the empty expanse] is John Carpenter’s The Thing.