Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica

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Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica



The Douglas Mawson Antarctic Expedition of 1912 is considered one of the most amazing feats of endurance of all time. Although his two companions perished, Douglas Mawson survived, but how?

In a bold historical experiment, scientist and adventurer Tim Jarvis is retracing the gruelling experience, with the same meagre rations, primitive clothing and equipment to uncover what happened to Mawson physically-and mentally-as a man hanging on the precipice of life and death.

Available in French

From the NFSA’s Film Australia Collection.

A Film Australia Making History Production in association with Orana Films. Produced with the assistance of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Channel 4.

© 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Malcom McDonald
Alex West
Richard Dennison, Perry Stapleton (line)
Malcom McDonald
Screen Australia

Awards / Reviews

2008 (Paris) Jules Verne Film Festival Winner - Jules Verne Award for Best Director