With award-winning real-life plane crash feature Erebus: Into the Unknown hitting UK cinema screens on 9 January and DVD/On Demand 12 January, we look back at films that capture the bravery, humanity, loss, spirit and experiemces of some of the world’s most disastrous real-life situations.
1) Erebus: Into the Unknown (2015) dir. Charlotte Purdy & Peter Berger
An award-winning documentary telling the story of four New Zealand police officers who went to Antarctica as part of the police operation to recover the victims of a major commercial jet crash. On 28 November 1979, an Air New Zealand jet with 257 passengers went missing during a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. Within hours, 11 ordinary police officers were called to duty to face the formidable Mount Erebus. As the police recovered the victims, an investigation team tried to uncover the mystery of how a jet could fly into a mountain in broad daylight.