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Life in the Freezer: The Big Freeze  (1993)

Doug Allan being lowered down a crevasse on location for Life in the Freezer

The Big Freeze is an intriguing account of Antarctica’s brutal, unforgiving winter. With only a handful of creatures choosing to tough out the immense cold, it is a fascinating look into their specialised physiology and incredible adaptations.

Fish have ‘antifreeze’ in their blood, lichens seem oblivious to the permanent ice of their surroundings and weddell seals take advantage of the sheltered underwater world. The fifth of six episodes in David Attenborough’s major series, Life in the Freezer, The Big Freeze provides a unique insight into this harsh and hostile world.

Capturing the stark beauty of this forbidding and desolate land the BBC collaborated with The National Geographic Society and Lionheart International Inc on this production. Together they enlisted the talents of world-famous cinematographers, their extensive team including the award-winning wildlife photographers Hugh Miles, Simon King and Doug Allan.

Winning a Panda Award at Wildscreen 1994 for best series, impressive photography reveals all aspects of animal life. Memorable footage records male emperor penguins huddled together as they incubate their solitary eggs, with storms raging around them and the Southern lights illuminating the horizon.

A remarkable production filmed in a highly challenging environment, the crew spent three years in the Antarctic using boats, divers, suspended capsules and remote-controlled cameras to gather their stunning footage. Using advanced technology, the production provides an unrivalled glimpse into the hardiest creatures, as they tough out the most extreme environment on Earth.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Associated Broadcaster: National Geographic Television & Film
Associated Broadcaster: Lionheart Television International, Inc.
Dubbing Editor: Sue Goodsall
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Hicks
Film Editor: Liz Thoyts
Graphic Design: James Hall
Music: George Fenton
Photography: Stephen de Vere
Photography: Hugh Maynard
Photography: Mike deGruy
Photography: Andrew Penniket
Photography: Hugh Miles
Photography: Julian Gutt
Presenter: David Attenborough
Producer: Neil Harraway
Producer: Alastair Fothergill
Production: Martha Holmes
Production: Peter Bassett
Production: Ned Kelly
Production: Lance Tickell
Production Assistance: Television New Zealand - Natural History Unit (TVNZ)
Production Assistant: Ruth Flowers
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Sound Recordist: Errol Samuelson

Related links

Life in the Freezer: The Bountiful Sea (1993)
Simon King
Doug Allan
David Attenborough
Hugh Miles
Clips
Desolate icescape of Antarctica
Desolate icescape of Antarctica
Huddling for survival
Huddling for survival
Ice diving into a different world
Ice diving into a different world
Stills
Doug Allan being lowered down a crevasse on location for Life in the Freezer
Doug Allan being lowered down a crevasse...
Sync crew using jib arm to film David Attenborough for Life in the Freezer
Sync crew using jib arm to film David Attenborough...
Monitoring a remote underwater camera (in water behind diver) for Life in the Freezer
Monitoring a remote underwater camera (in...
Mike Richards filming king penguins while being watched by an elephant seal during filming for Life in the Freezer
Mike Richards filming king penguins while...
Doug Allan and underwater film crew preparing to dive beneath sea for Life in the Freezer
Doug Allan and underwater film crew preparing...
Hugh Miles with camera while filming from a boat for Life in the Freezer
Hugh Miles with camera while filming from...