In one of her latest venture, world-renowned Australian actress Cate Blanchett lends her talents to the natural world as she narrates a breathtaking IMAX documentary: Journey to the South Pacific.
The 3D film, which launches at the Tennessee Aquarium on March 7th, was shot in the South Pacific Coral Triangle – an area truly considered to be the holy grail of reef and marine ecosystems. The bright blue waters are home to 40 percent of the world’s fish species and a whopping 75 percent of all coral species. This area also contains six of the world’s seven species of sea turtle.
In the words of Tennessee Aquarium Senior Aquarist Rob Mottice, the Coral Triangle is “the epicenter of marine life in the world. The water is very pristine and the reefs are incredible. It’s really unlike anywhere on earth.”
While the majority of Americans will never have the chance to visit the South Pacific in person, the film has been hailed for its ability to transport viewers to the far-away, life-filled waters. Mottice was wowed by the film, saying that the 3D plunge was the next best thing to actually diving in the waters of the Coral Triangle. “The footage is incredible,” he said, “and really gives you the sensation of being surrounded by fish.”
In addition to stunning underwater shots, the film also features an important message about the indigenous people who make their homes on the islands of the Coral Triangle. While filming, the crew met a thirteen-year-old boy names Jawi who helped them understand the unique and beautiful culture on the island of Papua and the locals’ desire to preserve the pristine environment they call home.
According to Cate Blanchett, “[t]he film is a celebration of a unique island culture that has developed a special relationship with its ocean environment. The photography is spectacular. It’s as if we are swimming alongside Manta Rays and all the other creatures of the reefs.”
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