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THE CORAL REEF ADVENTURE (article first published : 2003-09-24)

Currently showing at Gateway’s IMAX movie theatre is Coral Reef Adventure which has been described as “an underwater film like no other” as it enters an extraordinary world and visits some of the world's most beautiful yet endangered coral reefs.

The movie, which is on IMAX format, follows the courageous journey of a dedicated husband and wife filmmaking team who risk their lives to bring back powerful, unimaginably and beautiful IMAX images that will help save the world's coral reefs. It covers the real-life 10 month expedition of underwater filmmakers, Howard and Michele Hall, on a journey to document some of the world's largest and most beautiful reefs, which are also some of its most threatened.

On their journey from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the majestic islands of Fiji and Tahiti and the mysterious Rangiroa atoll, the Halls connect up with scientists and naturalists such as framed ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau and deep reef ichthyologist Richard Pyle who are all part of a growing global effort to build greater understanding of these fragile yet essential ecosystems.

Coral Reef Adventure is the third ocean-themed film from MacGillivray Freeman Films, following the company's two Academy Award - nominated films, The Living Sea (1995) and Dolphins (2000). It features songs written and recorded by Cosby, Stills & Nash.

Underwater Director of Photography and on-screen talent, Howard Hall, broke previous diving records by becoming the first diver to take an IMAX camera as deep as 370 feet in the open ocean. Some 106 miles of 15/70 film was shot during the production while 2,421 dives and 2,810 hours of underwater time were logged during the filming. These statistics far surpass those of any other IMAX Theatre film.

On-screen scientist Richard Pyle discovered five new fish species in Fiji during filmmaking and the movie marks the first time that the IMAX filmmakers are characters in the film's story.

With $10 million budget, Coral Reef Adventure is the most expensive MacGillivray Freeman Film to date.

More information from the website at http://www.coralfilm.com or phone 031 566 4415/6 or fax 031 566 4417/9.




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