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FILM The Great White Silence

Saturday 28th November

In conjunction with the installation of the blue plaque to Herbert Ponting at Oatmeal Row, Salisbury,  the Civic Society and Bemerton Film Society will be showing Herbert Ponting’s film THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE on Saturday 28th November at St John’s Place. All seats must be pre-booked through bemfilmbooking@gmail.com with name, address and phone number for each person attending, face masks must be worn inside St John’s Place throughout.

This early full-length documentary from film maker Herbert Ponting follows Captain Robert F. Scott and his famed expedition to be the first to reach the South Pole.   Salisbury born photographer Herbert Ponting filmed almost every aspect of Scott’s 1910 Antarctic Expedition – the scientific work, life in camp, the local wildlife, the preparations for the assault on the Pole – and edited his footage into this remarkable feature, complete with vivid tinting and toning. The alien beauty of the landscape is brought dramatically to life and the challenges facing the expedition revealed in brilliant detail.

Venue: St John’s Place,Lower Rd, Bemerton, Salisbury SP2 9NP

Tickets: £6.00 per seat, payable by card on the day, though cash payments will be accepted if necessary. All seat must be pre-booked via bemfilmbooking@gmail.com

Times: Doors open 6.00pm  Programme starts 6.30pm ends about 8.25 pm

Details: Face masks must be worn inside the building and throughout the screening

On Sunday 29th November 2020 a blue plaque marking the birthplace of Herbert George Ponting will be unveiled at 21 Oatmeal Row in Salisbury’s Market Square. Born in 1870, the son of a bank manager, Herbert eventually chose photography as a career. His work was published in several magazines He photographed and reported on the Russo-Japanese war in the early 20th century and travelled extensively round the far east. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and selected as the official photographer for Captain Scott’s second expedition. In Antarctica his photographs and short video films depicted not only members of the expedition but also pictures of killer whales, seals and penguins. After the deaths of Scott and his companions Ponting’s photographs became a memorial to the expedition.  In the 1920s he made two films, The Great White Silence and Ninety Degrees South and lectured on the Antarctic. He died in 1935. 



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