Is the Magnetic Pole about to Flip?

The earth has two North poles, the geographic pole and the magnetic pole. The magnetic pole is the one that attracts the needles of our compasses. It’s always moving, but science tells us it is now moving rapidly. Could it be about to flip? What will be the impact? Paleomagnetism has taught us that the magnetic pole flips regularly, going from north to south and vice versa, once every 250,000 years on average. However, the last inversion occurred 780,000 years ago! Are we on the eve of such a major event? The film follows Canadian geophysicist Larry Newitt and French geologist Jean-Jacques Orgeval as they meet astronauts, marine biologists, paleomagneticians and archeomagneticians, in an attempt to understand, measure and explain the consequences of a pole inversion.

France (TGA Production) / Canada (Ideacom International)


Festival International de l’Image Sous-Marine & de l’Aventure 2012 – Antibes-Juan-les-Pins, France

– Méditerranea d’or

Festival du Film Scientifique de la Réunion 2012 – France
– Trophée de Bronze

43e Festival International du Film Maritime, d’Exploration et d’Environnement 2011 – Toulon, France
– Ancre d’Argent

Festival du Scoop et du Journalisme 2010 – Angers, France
– Scientific Information, News 

Official Selection
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television – Prix Gémeaux 2011
– Best Documentary – Science and Nature

Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2011 – Doha, Qatar

Vedere la Scienza 2011 – Milano, Italye

Festival Film de science 2011 – France
– Category “Off-competition”

6th International Science Film Festival 2011 – Athens, Greece
– Science Communication Award

7th Annual International Media Excellence Awards 2011 – London, UK
– Best Science Program or Series

Pariscience, Festival international du film scientique 2010 – Paris, France

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The Team

Thierry Gautier (France)
Aline Houdy (France)
Amy Webb (Canada)
Éric Michel (Canada)
Josette D. Normandeau (Canada)

Stéphane Nicolopoulos
Jon Kalina

Yanick Rose

Yanick Rose

Original Music
Philippe Manceau

Documentary – Science

One-off 1×52’

English, French

Shooting Format

Delivery Support

Copyright: 2010

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