Director: James Calvert
30 minutes
All ages

A Monkeystack and Shackleton Epic Expedition Production.

In Thin Ice VR,  viewers follow in the footsteps of adventurer and environmental scientist, Tim Jarvis, who recreates one of history’s greatest journeys – that of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. In 1914, Shackleton led the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition – an attempt to be the first to cross Antarctica coast-to-coast. The events that transpired form one of History’s greatest stories of leadership and survival. A catastrophic yet beautiful experience highlighting the effect of climate change on the Antarctic region.

Thin Ice VR received its world premiere on 19 November 2021, followed by its inaugural season, 20 November 2021 – 6 February 2022, at the South Australian Museum.  A Monkeystack and Shackleton Epic Expedition Production
Major Partner: Torrens University Australia

Financed and developed with the assistance of: South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia and Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund
Supported by: Kathmandu, One Ocean Expeditions and Documentary Australia


– Cannes World Film Festival 2022: Best Virtual Reality Short
– Queensland XR Festival 2022: Best in Virtual Reality (VR) Passive Immersive Experience
– Queensland XR Festival 2022: Special Award for Best in Australia across all categories
– Australian Screen Sound Guild 2021: Australian Screen Sound Guild 2021
Film Type VR
Program Strand AFF Investment Fund, AFFIF
Director James Calvert