Shackleton's South with James Cracknell

Shackleton's South with James Cracknell


"Shackleton is a massive hero of mine," says James Cracknell, standing by the James Caird, a small boat that became the lifeline for Shackleton and his crew after their doomed trek across the Antarctic nearly a century ago. An early film-maker, Frank Hurley, was on hand to record their journey, and his extraordinary footage shows the men tending their sled dogs and playing football on ice, as well as the sorrowful sight of their ship, Endurance, succumbing to the ice. Cracknell trumpets Shackleton's doggedness and leadership skills, and is careful not to compare his own maritime tribulations too closely with the crew's two-year struggle for survival.


The adventurer examines the struggle faced by Ernest Shackleton and his crew during their unsuccessful attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914.