Originally posted by Aenima
@Jul 4 2005, 11:39 AM
Watched Longitude and Shackleton on the weekend. Both directed by Charles Sturridge. Longitude is the story of two men, the 18th century clockmaker John Harrison (played by Michael Gambon) and his 40 year technical and political struggle to solve the problem of measuring longitude at sea. The second, the effort of a shell-shocked British Navy veteran Rupert Gould (played by Jeremy Irons) 200 years later to restore the glorious clocks that Harrison had built . This is wonderful stuff. Both actors (and supporting cast) are at the top of their game in this production. Harrison was a genius of his time and a true working class hero in the face adversity from the scientific establishment of the time. If you haven't seem this get it!! I can't recommend it highly enough.
Same goes for Shackleton. This is a dramatisation of the failed trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-16 by Shackleton (played by Kenneth Branagh) and his struggle against all the odds to bring back every man of the expedition party alive.
Again this is recommended if you haven't seen it.