Don’t forget that the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is happening this weekend.
Some people won’t be able to make it. So the organisers have arranged it for the festival to come to them.
They are sending films down to the brand new British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Research Station to keep the guys entertained during the cold, cold nights.
ShAFF Festival Director Matt Heason said: ”Every year we go the extra mile to show the best films from around the world at ShAFF but this will be the first time ShAFF has ever gone to the ends of the earth. ShAFF’s all about showing athletes and adventurers pushing the limits of extreme sports and exploration so where better to put on a screening than in the Antarctic and when better than 100 years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expedition? We’re also delighted to be able to team up with our video download partners at ‘SteepEdge’ to help make this a reality.”
The screenings that far South will be happening a little later in the year, in the meantime, if you’re a little further North head to www.shaff.co.uk to see what’s on this weekend.
Most of the films are great, but we’re not sure how the guys living in the research base will get on with one of our favorites ‘Crossing the Ice’ the story of two Australian polar explorers. Surely they could just step out of their front door to experience the film in real life. A bit of a busman’s holiday.
Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills, the British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Halley VI Research Station is set to become an icon for British science, architecture and engineering. The new research station, which replaces the 20-year old Halley V facility, is the sixth to be built on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf. The first station, occupied in 1957 for a Royal Society expedition during the International Geophysical Year, established the region as an important natural laboratory for studying the Earth’s magnetic field and the near-space atmosphere. It was data from Halley that led to the 1985 BAS discovery of the ozone hole. (Read more about the launch)