Synopsis: This large format film explores the last great wilderness on earth. It takes you to the coldest, driest, windiest continent, Antarctica. The film explores life in Antarctica, both for the animals that live there and the scientists that work there.
Director(s): John Weiley
Actors: Alex Scott
Production: Regent Releasing/here! Films
  2 wins.
40 min

It is summer.

It is midnight.

We are headed south.

Um, uh, we just logged

another run low 10-10 spot.

Chain before coming in.

As they travel south,

the men and women in this ship

will be bitterly cold.

Sun will burn their faces,

wind will sear them,

but they will feel fortunate ...

to have become part

of a great adventure.

For thousands of years,

as human beings spread

across the planet ...

no one came here.

Antarctica was as remote

as the moon.

Ancient Greeks reasoned

that the world was round ...

and that there must be

a great southern continent.

They called the stars

above the North Pole ...

Arktos, the bear ...

so they named the far Pole


They imagined a land ...

of strange beasts

and stranger customs ...

where the laws of nature

might be reversed.

It was the greatest mystery

on Earth.

A world of ice.

A continent far larger

than the United States,

it is three times higher

than any other continent.

Its air is drier

than the Sahara ...

yet 70% of the fresh water

in the world is frozen here ...

in ice sheets up to 3 miles thick.

For centuries, Antarctica was

the ultimate goal ...

the last challenge

of exploration.

Getting here

was the hardest thing ...

a human being could do.

Until 1821, no one even saw it.

Explorers came bravely

in wooden ships.

The ice crushed them ...

but they never gave up.

In 1911, Robert Falcon Scott

of Britain ...

and Roald Amundsen of Norway ...

both started for the South Pole.

Both men would reach the Pole,

but only one of them would return.

This is Scott's party

sitting like knights ...

at the long table

beneath their battle flags.

The long table is still there...

the chairs they sat on,

the cups they drank from.

Here, they helped

to build the foundations ...

of Antarctic science.

Their isolation was complete.

They worked at the very edge

of what was known ...

and the lessons they learned

were often hard.

Near Scott's old hut,

in the shadow of a volcano

called Mount Erebus,

there is a nursery on the ice.

Weddell seals were one

of the first animals ...

to be studied in Antarctica,

one of the few species ...

that lives here all year.

The pup was born

a few weeks ago ...

and, now, it's time

for it to learn how to swim.

At home beneath the ice,

they call eerily to one another.

Scientists have been

counting seals here ...

since the early days, but they

are still fascinated ...

by how these animals have

adapted to the climate ...

and to the freezing water.

The seal's blood carries

so much oxygen ...

that is can hold its breath

for over an hour.

They're amongst the greatest

natural divers in the world.

The ice is six feet thick.

This is where Antarctica

hides its color ...

and its complexity.

Forests of tiny plants'

called algae ...

grow in the ice

as if in a greenhouse.

Millions of krill, which

are like small shrimp ...

eat the algae.

Fish eat the krill

and seals eat the fish.

This chain of life is so

isolated and balanced ...

it gives scientists clues ...

to the health

of the whole planet.

Diving here is agony

for the first 20 minutes.

After that,

it becomes dangerous.

Keep a hold!

Less than 2% of Antarctica

is free of ice.

Here, Adelie penguins

build nests of stones.

But even stones

are in short supply.

Somewhere, a leopard seal waits

a thousand pounds of muscle ...

and teeth well-adapted

to tear flesh.

So scientists

have built a cage ...

for a view of emperor penguins

early explorers longed for.

The penguin on land

is almost wholly ludicrous.

But the penguin in the water

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Les Murray

All Les Murray scripts | Les Murray Scripts

(0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Antarctica" STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 30 Jan. 2023. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer


    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.