A new IMAX theatre film, launching 26th February 2004, brings to life the wonders of the world's coral reefs and an urgent message of peril.
The story of the reefs and how they've come to face worldwide decline is brought to life eight storeys tall in Coral Reef Adventure. This all-new IMAX theatre experience takes audiences on a fantastic voyage of discovery to the South Pacific's reefs including the Great Barrier Reef, revealing both their remarkable contribution to life on earth and the imminent dangers they are facing right now.
Following a husband and wife cinematography team, Howard and Michele Hall on a 10 month quest across the Pacific Ocean- during which they attempt to create a lasting cinematic record of the reefs as they exist today - the film captures unprecedented, mesmerising underwater images of beauty as well as the sobering images of dying reefs.
In vivid detail, the giant screen adventure reveals the vast array of unusual creatures that inhabit the reef; introduces everyday heroes hoping to save the reefs; and teams up with scientists exploring the reefs for clues about their health and for never-before-seen species that are adding to what we know about life on earth.
"The more people learn about the great impact we have on these often unseen but always vital underwater communities, the harder I think we'll see people trying to live in better harmony with the coral reefs" said Howard Hall.
According to Reef Check and the United Nations' Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, 10% of the world's reefs died in the past four years, and nearly a quarter are suffering. More than half of the remaining reefs are seriously threatened and scientists estimate that if today's tends continue such as global warming, coastal development and over fishing, corals may vanish entirely in the next 40 years.
"While few people on earth will ever experience the intense challenges and rewards of ocean exploration, Coral Reef Adventure opens up this world of unprecedented beauty and great scientific importance to everyone. The result is a rare glimpse at what we could lose- and also an exciting reminder that maintaining a sustainable relationship with nature is in all of our hands" said Greg MacGillivray, Producer & Director, MacGillivray Freeman Films.
For more information call 02 9281 3300 or visit www.imax.com.au