CAPTAIN Scott, and his four colleagues, reached the South Pole on January 17, 1912, only to find that they had been beaten by five weeks to the prize by Norwegian Roald Amundsen.
Scott wrote in his diary: “The Pole. Yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected ... Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without the reward of priority.” Two days later Scott began his tragic final journey.
Scott’s reputation – national hero or unprepared bungler – has been contested over the years. What is beyond doubt is the bravery and loyalty of Wilson, Bowers, Oates and Evans who were his final companions. The Terra Nova expedition also completed much valuable scientific polar research.
This was captured by Herbert Ponting’s pioneering filmed documentary of the expedition from its start in Cardiff in June 1910. The British Film Institute has produced a definitive version of this landmark of early cinema.
Buxton Opera House and Buxton Film is screening The Great White Silence at the Pavilion Arts Centre on Wednesday January 18, at 7.30pm.
Admission is £4. Call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190, or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.