menu-home menu-films menu-people menu-oral-history menu-education menu-events menu-about
Corner Image
WildFilmHistory logo
WildFilmHistory » Home » Films » Kingdom of the Ice Bear: The Frozen Ocean

Kingdom of the Ice Bear: The Frozen Ocean  (1985)

Famous sequence of polar bear and cubs emerging from the den

First in a three part series examining Arctic ecology, The Frozen Ocean focuses on the spring to summer months, providing an intimate portrayal of life in a land of relentless ice and intense cold.

Award-winning cameraman Hugh Miles and renowned BBC producer Mike Salisbury journeyed into the heart of the frozen Arctic, undertaking sixteen separate expeditions to complete this epic series. Their stunning cinematography includes impressive underwater footage of majestic beluga whales, whilst on land polar bears hunt, Arctic foxes furiously enlarge their burrows and gulls circle overhead.

Exploring all aspects of Arctic life, the production includes behaviour never caught on film before, as barnacle geese chicks leave their nests on high ledges and cascade a hundred feet into the treacherous depths below and polar bear cubs emerge from their snow dens.

A perceptive and insightful piece, the production brings environmental issues and future threats to the forefront. Hugh Miles described it as an opportunity to “air some of the problems” and give “a broader picture of what the Arctic was all about.” Beautifully filmed, The Frozen Ocean is an enlightening glimpse into life in one of Earth’s last great wildernesses.

Winner of the 1986 Wildscreen Film Festival award for "Camera"

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: BBC - Natural History Unit
Address: c/o BBC Motion Gallery
Room E251
Woodlands
80 Wood Lane
London
W12 0TT
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8433 2861 / 2
Email: motiongallery.uk@bbc.co.uk
Website: http://www.bbcmotiongallery.com

Film credits

Additional Photography: Martin Saunders
Additional Photography: Mike Richards
Additional Photography: William Hansen
Additional Photography: Norman Lightfoot
Additional Photography: Rick Mason
Additional Photography: Bill Bacon
Associated Broadcaster: WNET 13, New York
Dubbing Editor: Ian Butcher
Dubbing Mixer: Peter Copeland
Film Editor: Martin Elsbury
Graphic Design: Paul Johnson
Music Composer: Terry Oldfield
Narrator: Hywel Bennett
Photography: Hugh Miles
Producer: Mike Salisbury
Producer: Hugh Miles
Production Assistant: Judy Copeland
Production Organisation: BBC - Natural History Unit
Series Editor: Peter Jones
Writer: Mike Salisbury

Related links

They Said It Couldn't Be Done: Kingdom of the Ice Bear: The Frozen Ocean (1999)
Hugh Miles
Mike Salisbury
Clips
Portrait of the Arctic
Portrait of the Arctic
Life at the edge of the ice flows
Life at the edge of the ice flows
Famous sequence of polar bear and cubs emerging from the den
Famous sequence of polar bear and cubs e...
Stills
Martha Holmes and Martin Saunders in hut used by film crew while making Kingdom of the Ice Bear
Martha Holmes and Martin Saunders in hut...
Wildscreen Festival 1986 Winners
Wildscreen Festival 1986 Winners
Martin Saunders filming for Kingdom of the Ice Bear
Martin Saunders filming for Kingdom of the...
Hugh Miles waiting to film polar bear cubs for Kingdom of the Ice Bear
Hugh Miles waiting to film polar bear cubs...
Martin Saunders filming polar bears for Kingdom of the Ice Bear
Martin Saunders filming polar bears for Kingdom...