The Great White Silence

Yorkshire Silents: THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE – Sat 5 October – Hull Truck Theatre

The Great White Silence | Herbert G Ponting | 1924 | UK | Cert U | 107 min | Silent, English intertitles
The Great White Silence


Saturday 5 October, 7:00pm, Hull Truck Theatre

 Dir Herbert G Ponting | 1924 | UK | Cert U | 107 min | Silent, English intertitles

With live improvised score from Frame Ensemble


Tickets can be purchased in advance exclusively via HULL  TRUCK BOX OFFICE

Programme details

Hull Truck Theatre is open all day, so why not come along early to grab a drink and a snack? Doors to the screening room usually open around twenty minutes before the performance starts.

7:00pm: Programme starts

9:00pm: Programme ends


Captain Scott’s doomed 1910 race to the South Pole was filmed by cinematographer Herbert Ponting – and the images that he captured have fired imaginations ever since. Ponting filmed almost every aspect of the expedition; the scientific work, life in camp and the characterful Adélie penguins, as well as the preparations for the assault on the Pole itself. Ponting’s haunting film is a dramatic record of Scott’s inspirational, yet ultimately tragic, adventure.

With live improvised score from Frame Ensemble

Frame Ensemble is: Irine Røsnes (violin), Trevor Bartlett (percussion) and Jonny Best (piano)

Silent film pianist Jonny Best is already well known to HIC audiences; for this special screening Jonny will be joined by two further musicians who together comprise Frame Ensemble. Frame is the UK’s only improvising silent film ensemble and their unique abilities will bring Captain Scott’s tragic adventure, and the alien landscapes of Antarctica, to vivid life.

PLEASE NOTE: This film will play without any adverts or trailers, preceded by a short introduction from Yorkshire Silents.

Awards and Reviews

Winner, Best Archive Restoration, Focal International Awards 2011.

“…what is unexpectedly impressive is Ponting’s superb storytelling, especially of an event he was unable to photograph … His titles are eloquent, his slow build of trials, disasters and deaths in the party respectful and affecting and his ultimate tribute to the expedition moving.” Sean Axmaker, Parallax View.


THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE is rated U. Visit the BBFC website for full details (may include plot spoilers).

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