CROSSING THE ICE
Australia, 2012, 63 minutes
Directed by Justin Jones, Produced by Greg Quail, Justin Jones & Doug Howard
Friday February 15th, 7:30pm
RIO Theatre (N.B. 19+ adults only!) MAP
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It’s the scene of one of the greatest and most tragic human exploration stories of all time: when Amundsen and Scott raced each other to be first at the South Pole, neither knew one team would triumph while the other would die in a lonely, brutal world.
A hundred years later, Australian adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, dare to not only tackle the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and return, but to do it completely unassisted – no sled dogs, no wind kites, just two men dragging their food, their shelter and themselves across 1140 kilometres of barren ice. And back again.
Many have tried. All have failed.
After years of planning and preparation, Cas and Jonesy arrive to tackle one of the last great Antarctic odysseys, but discover an eerie similarity to Captain Scott’s epic quest: there’s a Norwegian on the ice. He’s more experienced, he’s tackling the exact same record and he has a head start.
As they battle frostbite, hypothermia, crevasses and starvation over three months of torture in the harshest place on Earth, Cas and Jonesy discover their limits, the nature of sportsmanship and the boundaries of the human spirit
Winner of the Grand Prize and Peoples Choice Award at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2012.
Director, Justin Jones
Justin Jones (aka Jonesy), 29, is an Australian Adventurer that has undertaken a number of world first expeditions, including the only unsupported kayak expedition across the Tasman Sea, the longest polar unsupported ski expedition and first unsupported return trip to the pole and the first full length traverse of the Murray River (2560km) in Australia, all with best mate and fellow Adventurer James Castrission (aka Cas).
With no formal background in film, Jonesy is a self taught filmographer that derives his passion for piecing together a story from his love of the outdoors. He relishes the opportunity to share the outdoors and his adventures with audiences by filming, directing and producing documentaries on the expeditions that he and Cas undertake. Crossing the Ice is the second film that he has worked on and the first as a director. His first film chronicles the expedition that him and best mate James undertook across the Tasman Sea spanning 62days and 3318kms across one of the world's most hostile stretches of ocean. He is also one of Australia's most sought after motivational speakers, having presented to over 170,000 people.