The Longest Night

The film follows a small team of kiwis wintering at New Zealand’s Scott Base. Their highs and lows will offer an insight into one of the strangest and most intense experiences for any humans – living through the longest night of Antarctica.

Produced by NHNZ

Antarctica is the ice continent – the coldest, windiest, driest, and highest continent on earth – and a place of strange reversals of the normal order. Here the summer sun shines at midnight, and the winter moon shines at midday.

This film follows the strange natural cycles of one Antarctic winter, and it also follows a small team of people as they live through the longest night and the harshest winter.

Nature’s winter will be captured with stunning images of the sun’s retreat and its return, of ice activity on land and at sea, of blizzards and other wonderful weather events, and of the magical Aurora Australia which lights up the dark sky with frozen fire. Time-lapse photography will be used to help portray the natural phenomena, and graphics will be used to help explain their causes and their effects, as Antarctica is a mighty weather machine, which influences the climate of the rest of the world.

For the dozen “Kiwis” wintering at New Zealand’s Scott Base, the film will convey the highs and lows of their eight-month isolation as they go about their work and domestic lives. The experiences of the winter team will provide viewers with an insight into one of the strangest and most intense experiences any human can undergo – the four-month winter night of Antarctica.

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