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Shoestring ice film makes festival

PUBLISHED: 15:32 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 12 August 2010

WILD TERRAIN: the backdrop for a shoestring documentary up for an award

WILD TERRAIN: the backdrop for a shoestring documentary up for an award

A SOLDIER S documentary about his expedition to the Antarctic has been selected for an American film festival. Corporal Martin Carey, 39, from Bromley, jetted off to Savannah, in Georgia, on Tuesday where his film Discoverer will be shown in the four-da

Corporal Martin Carey

A SOLDIER'S documentary about his expedition to the Antarctic has been selected for an American film festival.

Corporal Martin Carey, 39, from Bromley, jetted off to Savannah, in Georgia, on Tuesday where his film Discoverer will be shown in the four-day Blue Ocean Film Festival.

The armourer with 71 Signal Regiment in Bexleyheath made the 29-minute film about the British Army's 74-day expedition to the Antarctic's Danco Coast, which ended in January this year.

The land and sea expedition set off from the Falkland Islands via the notorious Drake Passage in a 67-foot yacht called Discoverer.

Cpl Carey, who has been on tours of Iraq and Kosovo, said: "I was really chuffed when I found out I had got in the festival. It is quite an achievement.

"It is nice to be recognised for something I filmed, edited, and designed the poster and DVD cover for.

"I cannot say I was helped by anyone because I did it single-handed.

"Everyone knows how boring holiday snaps can be so they must have thought that it is something above the norm.

The film captures the team's voyage through gales, blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, icebergs, uncharted shallow waters, mechanical failure, injuries and a serious crevasse incident, as well as the cramped conditions of their yacht.

Before Cpl Carey set off on the expedition he bought a £200 camera recorder with no intention of making a documentary but when he showed the footage to his film editing course tutor, he told him he had something good.

He bought a £50 editing package for his laptop and managed to complete the whole film on a shoestring budget of £500.

He said: "The scenery is second to none. There is a lot of natural beauty captured in the film.

"We did our training in Folkstone and created a crevasse to train on, but the Antarctic is a bit different to that.

"The enormity and isolation of the Antarctic can only be experienced first hand."

The international four-day film festival ends this Sunday.

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