This 52-minute documentary film was released in 2009, International Polar Year. It was written, produced, and directed by Mark Terry. Russell Walker provided the soundtrack. It examines climate change research by the scientists stationed in Antarctica, including the British Antarctica Survey. Scientists interviewed by Mark Terry include David Ainley, Marine Biologist, and Penguin Scientist, Peter Convey, Sr Research Scientist, Yeugeny Karyagin, Seismologist, Julian Scott, Geophysicist, Laura Grange, Marine Biologist, Jonathan Shanklin, Meteorologist, Daniella Rubeling, Sub-Antarctica Botany Researcher, Robert Mulvaney, Glaciologist and Geoffrey Carpentier, Ornithologist.
IMDB’s film description:
“Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth has done a lot to raise the international awareness of the environmental issue of global warming. But where do things stand today?
The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning is a one-hour documentary that goes to the source of the climate change crisis: Antarctica. Here we explore first-hand the environmental challenges facing that frozen continent and, by extension, the world.
The International Polar Years 2007-2009 represent an incredible opportunity for the world to work together. This film meets many of these brave scientists including the British Antarctic Survey and the Ukrainians working at Vernadsky Station.
This documentary also provides support interviews from polar experts and research scientists around the world as well as rare footage of wildlife including penguins in their hatching season.
One of the highlights of the film is an interview with Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of the legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton whose courageous expedition to cross Antarctica from sea to sea in 1914 to 1917, blazed a trail for all of mankind today.
This film focuses on the many new environmental discoveries made this year including the puzzling phenomenon of suicide among penguins, the imminent rise of the world’s sea level due to ice melting, diminishing marine life populations, and amazing footage of new vegetation growing in the worlds largest desert.
The Antarctica Challenge was shot in HD and provides audiences with a rare and spectacular glimpse of the Earth’s most undiscovered continent through the eyes of award-winning cinematographer, Damir Chytil, CSC, one of the world’s foremost polar cameramen and a pioneer of HD film photography.
It is the mandate of this documentary to present the new climate change data first brought to the publics’ attention in An Inconvenient Truth with hands-on exploration of the continent, its wildlife, and the brave men and women who have given up the comforts of civilization in order to save it.
This is The Antarctica Challenge.”