shackleton's endurance: in their own words

Ground-breaking newform history brings Shackleton's Endurance expedition viscerally to life as never attempted before.

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1 x 90'

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otf studios





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Interest in Shackleton’s most iconic voyage, The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, is at an all-time high following the discovery of Endurance on the Weddell Sea floor in 2022, with a new National Geographic documentary set for release in 2024. This epic tale of survival against the most drastic of odds has been told many times - but never exclusively in the words, diaries and logbooks of Shackleton and his crew.

Now, Off The Fence presents a cinematic, experiential retelling of Endurance, for the very first time in the most intimate of voices. The diaries of the men who were there.

With unprecedented access to every single diary, memoir and logbook via the Scott Polar Research Institute. Exclusive access to the Shackleton family and all living descendants of the crew. Privileged access to every archive expedition still held by The Royal Geographical Society and every piece of moving image footage held by the British Film Institute. This scale of permissions has never been requested or granted before.

Delivery: 12-14 months from green-light


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