North, a film by Temujin Doran

Film-maker Temujin Doran contacted me in the summer of 2010 with the intention of making a film based on The Balloonist’s Tale in my book Impossible Journeys, which recounted the failed 1897 attempt by Salomon August Andrée to reach the North Pole by hot air balloon.

In the end, Doran decided to make a different film after his stay on Svalbard, and wonderful it is too: a fascinating and beautiful short documentary about the history and landscape of Svalbard and its role in the 20th century. Beyond the location, it has nothing to do with Andrée or Impossible Journeys, but for my part, I find it quietly moving.

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