Antarctica tells the tale of two best friends on the fringe of American high school society. One tries to ‘fit in’, whilst the other is left isolated with her only companion being her own angsty drug fuelled thoughts and hallucinations.
The film explores the timeless themes of youth, age, love and relationships in an entirely nuanced way. Kat and Janet embody ‘Generation Z’, from their day-to-day habits, to their life choices. A one-time sexual encounter leads to rehab, while an impulsive violent outbreak leads to a series of tragic drug fuelled events.
Antarctica perfectly untangles the issues that young people face in the modern world; including the big the question ‘what is reality?’. The film does not simply take the typical route of dissecting what reality is via the use of social media, but also through the use of prescription drugs. Antarctica seamlessly captures and explores a spectrum of emotions, from anxiety to love, and fear to forgiveness, this wide range of thematic explorations makes it universally appealing.
E.S Williams, BA Film and Screen Studies, London College of Communication
Antartica is streaming on Nov 4 & Nov 6.