|Written by||Charles Sturridge|
|Directed by||Charles Sturridge|
|Theme music composer||Adrian Johnston|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original languages||English, Norwegian, German|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Running time||206 minutes|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||2 January –|
3 January 2002
Shackleton is a 2002 British television film. It was written and directed by Charles Sturridge and starring Kenneth Branagh as explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The film tells the true story of Shackleton's 1914 Antarctic expedition on the ship Endurance . The cast includes Kevin McNally, Lorcan Cranitch, Embeth Davidtz, Danny Webb, Matt Day and Phoebe Nicholls (also the director's wife) as Lady Shackleton. It was filmed in the UK, Iceland and Greenland. The film used first-hand accounts by the men on the expedition to retell the story. Shackleton biographer Roland Huntford was a production advisor.
Shackleton was first broadcast in two parts by Channel 4 in January 2002. In North America the film was first broadcast by the A&E Network in April 2002. The film was nominated for seven Emmy Awards,six BAFTA Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.
The films tells the true story of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (Kenneth Branagh) and his 1914 Antarctic expedition on the ship Endurance . The story begins with him planning the expedition and finding sponsors, particularly Sir James Caird. Shackleton's goal is to drive dog sled teams from one side of Antarctica to the other, which would make Britain the first nation to undertake such a trans-continental journey.
Once the expedition is underway, trouble arises due to thick sea ice and low temperatures. Endurance becomes trapped and eventually crushed by pack ice. Shackleton vows to find a way to rescue the men. He undertakes an epic journey across the ice, followed by 800 miles of the Southern Ocean and then an uncharted mountain range on South Georgia Island. He finds a whaling station from which rescue parties are sent to collect his entire shipwrecked crew. The otherwise failed expedition is made famous for every crew member surviving despite insurmountable odds.
(In order of appearance)
|Golden Globe Awards 2002||Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards 2002||Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie||Henry Braham (Part II)||Won|
|Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore)||Adrian Johnston (Part II)||Won|
|Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Peter Coulson (Part II)||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie||Kenneth Branagh||Nominated|
|Outstanding Miniseries||Francesca Barra, Delia Fine, Emilio Nunez, Selwyn Roberts||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special||Kevin Brazier, Philip Barnes, Blair Jollands, Wayne Brooks||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Charles Sturridge||Nominated|
|BAFTA Awards 2003||Best Drama Serial||Selwyn Roberts, Charles Sturridge||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Shirley Russell||Won|
|Best Actor||Kenneth Branagh||Nominated|
|Best Editing (Fiction/Entertainment)||Peter Coulson||Nominated|
|Best Photography and Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment)||Henry Braham||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Michael Howells||Nominated|
|Cinema Audio Society Awards 2003||Outstanding Sound Mixing for Television, MOW's and Mini-Series||Dave Humphries, John Rodda (Part I)||Won|
|Producers Guild of America Awards 2003||PGA Award Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television||Selwyn Roberts||Nominated|
|Royal Television Society Awards 2002||Best Art Director||Lynne Huitson, Matthew Robinson||Won|
|Best Production Design, Drama||Michael Howells||Nominated|
|Best Make Up Design, Drama||Jeremy Woodhead||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards 2003||Golden Satellite Award for Best Miniseries||Nominated|
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was an Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Charles B. G. Sturridge is an English director and screenwriter. He is the recipient of a BAFTA Children's Award and four BAFTA TV Awards. He has also been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards.
Lorcan Cranitch is an Irish actor.
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Henry McNish, often referred to as Harry McNeish or by the nickname Chippy, was the carpenter on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–1917. He was responsible for much of the work that ensured the crew's survival after their ship, the Endurance, was destroyed when it became trapped in pack ice in the Weddell Sea. He modified the small boat, James Caird, that allowed Shackleton and five men to make a voyage of hundreds of miles to fetch help for the rest of the crew.
Alexander Hepburne Macklin was a British physician who served as one of the two surgeons on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–1917. In 1921–1922, he joined the Shackleton–Rowett Expedition aboard the Quest. When Sir Ernest Shackleton advert came out in newspapers, the surgeon signed up as he had been on many ships as a surgeon. He was also a dog trainer on Shackletons expedition
John William Vincent was an English seaman and member of Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. He was one of the five men who accompanied Shackleton on his epic crossing from Elephant Island to South Georgia and was one of only four of the crew of Endurance not to receive the Polar Medal.
Dr Robert Selbie Clark was a Scottish marine zoologist and explorer. He was the biologist on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–1917, and served as the director of the Scottish Home Department Marine Laboratory, at Torry, Aberdeen.
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Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is an IMAX film about the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton between 1914 and 1917. Directed by George Butler, the film was released in February 2001 and was narrated by Kevin Spacey. It documents Shackleton's journey aboard the Endurance and was the follow-up to Butler's previous film, The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition.
Timothy 'Tim' McCarthy was an Irish able seaman (AB). He is best known for his service in the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–1916, for which he was awarded the Bronze Polar Medal.
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