Breaking the Ice DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 9.0
Video 8.8
Audio 8.8
Special Features   0.0
Total 8.8
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
166 minutes
Classification:
 G

8.8


Breaking the Ice

In this spectacular six-part travel series, Tim Bowden takes us on one of the last great adventures – a voyage to the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Tim Bowden, a popular former host of ABC TV's Backchat program, has had an extensive career as a newspaper journalist, foreign correspondent and broadcaster on radio and television.

Over a period of two months Tim visited all four of Australia's Antarctic stations at Macquarie Island, Casey, Davis and Mawson. The result is a fascinating “behind the scenes” look at what Australians are doing in Antarctica – a wild a beautiful icy wilderness that has attracted adventurers and scientists since the days of Scott, Shackleton and Mawson.

Highlights include spectacular footage of Australia's only ice-breaking ship Aurora Australis charging through the pack ice, a visit to a long hidden Emperor Penguin colony, the day after it was discovered and rare glimpses of wild elephant seals and albatrosses on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

Special Features/Contents Listing:
Episode 1 - Macquarie Island. Join Tim Bowden on one of the last great adventures - a voyage through the treacherous Southern Ocean to the Antarctic. On board the 'Aurora Australis' Tim visits Macquarie Island where supplies for the year are flown in by helicopter.

Episode 2 - The White World. Tim and his team go through the 'rites of entry' to Antarctica - a ritual of bizarre haircuts and fancy dress parties.

Episode 3 - Casey Station. It's the second day at Casey Station and an anxious Tim is taught to abseil down a 15 metre ice cliff. He also meets weatherman Adrian Porter who shows him how he survived when he was caught in a blizzard and nearly perished.

Episode 4 - The Rivieria of the South. The 'Aurora Australis' heads for Davis Station to offload its cargo of heavy machinery. Tim rides an Antarctic motorbike to a weddel seal colony. Back at Davis, Tim talks to the first couple to marry at an Australian Antarctic station.

Episode 5 - The Midnight Sun. Tim is heading for Mawson station, but on the way is invited to stop in at the Chinese Antarctic station at Zhong Shan. He flies on to Mawson Station where he arrives to see a biologist working in the light of the midnight sun.

Episode 6 - Going Home. It's time to leave Mawson. Tim is mightily relieved when the choppers touch down on the heli-deck of the 'Aurora Australis'... with ten minutes of fuel remaining. The ship heads to Casey Station to pick up an expeditioner with a broken leg. As they head for home Tim talks to returning expeditioners about their year in Antarctica.   






 
 



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