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Conquest Of The South Pole

  • 1989
  • UK
  • 90 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Gilles MacKinnon
  • Cast: Steven Rimkus, Ewen Bremner, Laura Girling.

Manfred Karge's acclaimed German play is brought to the screen by this Scottish production, substantially rescripted and shot on location in Leith docklands. Five young men face soul-destroying tedium on the dole, and decide to escape through their imagination by mounting an expedition to the Antarctic wastes. Director MacKinnon, working with the slenderest of material resources, fuses cast and location into an inventive and unsentimental piece of cinema.

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