Antarctica: A Year on Ice

2013; 1 h 31 m; PG for mild thematic elements and language

This breathtaking film reveals what it is like to live and work at the bottom of the planet, in Antarctica, for a full year. The story is not from the point of view of scientists, but of the people who spend the most time there; the everyday workers who keep the stations running in the harshest place on the planet. Filmed by Frozen Planet photographer Anthony Powell, the film features a unique insider’s point of view, with unparalleled access, and never before seen stunning footage of the deep Antarctic winters.


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“Could you live for a full year in Antarctica? That’s what some of the staff at the frozen continent’s McMurdo and Ross Base research stations opt to do! Usually, these year-long staffers aren’t the research scientists, but cooks, mechanics, storekeepers, firemen, and other folks who have relatively normal jobs — but in the most abnormal environment. This film is beautifully photographed by documentarian, Anthony B. Powell. It presents a character study of individuals who would choose to live and work in Antarctica, not only in the warmer months, but even during the most challenging time of year, winter. This is a must-see documentary depicting the resiliency of the human spirit in a very rare group of individuals.” – Fran Nickolas

Where to Watch:

Available for free on Tubi (with ad breaks), on Amazon Prime, and for rent on Google Play and YouTube.

Further Reading:

8 Antarctic Traditions (Mental Floss)
Check out this list of unique Antarctic traditions that help create community among research station staffs.

Winter International Film Festival of Antarctica (WIFFA) 
Watch some of the entries for this 48 hour film festival that was founded by Antarctica director, Anthony Powell.

10 Winters: A filmmaker in Antarctica 
Director Anthony Powell further details the unique challenges of photographing and filming the Antarctic landscape in this funny, heartfelt TED talk.

The Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective
Check out some of the artists that are members of this unique collective that aims to “educate the public about Antarctica and its scientific exploration through collaborations in the arts.”

The Antarctica Treaty
Read more about the Antarctic Treaty that keeps the peace in Antarctica and makes it free for scientific use.