Synopsis: Antarctica is a place of true wilderness that few get to visit, let alone connect with. Sophie Ballagh and Ewan Blyth, two paddlers with adventurous spirits, whom when presented with a unique opportunity to undertake a self-supported sea kayak expedition in Antarctica, took it. They took it as an opportunity to go beyond adrenalin-based desires and instead took it as an opening to explore as much within themselves as discovering the magical, ice-choked waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Throughout the film, connection, along with the solitude and remoteness of the journey are woven in, together with an insight into the preparations necessary for an expedition of this nature. Along with candid images of the complexities of daily life in this unique environment, this story aims to inspire other adventurous folk to do more than explore just the physical realm of wilderness, for there really is much more to discover.
Sophie Ballagh (Adventurer)
Ewan Blyth (Videographer/Adventurer) | Born in Tasmania, Australia, Ewan spent his childhood growing up on a farm and exploring the vast wilderness of his home state. Ewan has travelled widely, for work and pleasure, leading expeditions in Vietnam, summiting peaks in Ecuador, undertaking reconnaissance missions for hydropower projects in the wilds of PNG, leading extended sea kayaking trips to canyon guiding in the Japanese Alps to name but a few of his adventures. He spends the majority of his professional life these days guiding guests via sea kayak, from the icy waters of the polar regions to the coral reefs of the tropics.
An avid photographer and side-line writer, Ewan enthuses greatly in sharing his passions via action, prose and imagery, of both the still and moving variety. And through exploring the marvels of our physical world, Ewan has developed a profound respect for the power of exploring our inner world, our minds, and in doing so, hopes to inspire others to see the connections and take on their own explorations, their own adventures.
Sophie Ballagh (Videographer/Adventurer) | Born with a paddle in her hand, under a canvas fly in the wilds of New Zealand, Sophie has been seeking out wilderness and adventure for majority of her 30 something years. A Kiwi by blood but nomadic by heart, she wanders the world jumping from one adventure and one wild place to another.
Sophie’s background is in outdoor education, having studied, coached, instructed and assessed in a number of outdoor pursuits in the outdoor mecca that is her homeland. She has guided extensively around the world, leading multi-day hikes for youth in the jungles of Thailand, managing expedition sea kayak journeys in the rugged British Columbia coast and the great lakes of Ontario and river trips down the mosaic of rivers that sprawl across the South Island of NZ.
Some years ago, Sophie contracted a nasty case of the polar bug after her first season working in ship-board tourism in Antarctica. She has been bi-polar ever since, migrating from one pole to the other, enthralling guests via sea kayak, viewing polar bears in the Arctic desert and zodiac cruising the towering glacial faces of Svalbard. So enraptured with the icy-world, a few years back, she along with Ewan were inspired to take their summer vacation via a self-supported, two-week, sea kayaking expedition along the ice-choked waterways of the Antarctic peninsula.
New Zealand Mountain Film Festival - New Zealand - 2019
Best NZ made film
Adventure Outdoor Fest - Italy - 2019
Adventure Short Film Festival - 2019
Cradle Mountain Film Festival - Australia - 2019