LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX:IMX) and MacGillivray Freeman Films (MFF) today announced that Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett will narrate two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray's (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) upcoming documentary adventure Journey to the South Pacific. The film will be released exclusively in select IMAX® theatres starting Nov. 27, 2013.
Journey to the South Pacific will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.
The film is the first to be released under the MacGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX Corporation multi-picture pact announced earlier this year.
"Shot with the highest quality IMAX® 3D 15perf / 65mm film cameras, Journey to the South Pacific is a feel-good ocean adventure that offers viewers an up-close encounter with the extraordinary marine wildlife of West Papua, and we're thrilled Cate's narration will help bring it to life," said director Greg MacGillivray, President of MacGillivray Freeman Films. "This uplifting IMAX documentary continues our commitment to producing a steady stream of entertaining, world-class, educational programming that transforms how people see and experience their world."
"In Journey to the South Pacific, Greg MacGillivray's incredible imagery coupled with Cate Blanchett's compelling voice will transport audiences to the heart of the South Pacific as only IMAX can," said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. "We look forward to continuing to build on our legacy of delivering high-quality documentaries that entertain and inspire moviegoers around the world with our longtime partners at MacGillivray Freeman."
Blanchett is well known for her starring roles in films including The Lord of the Ringstrilogy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Elizabeth: The Golden Age,Elizabeth, and Aviator for which she won an Academy Award. Blanchett is represented by CAA.
About Journey to the South Pacific
Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with IMAX Entertainment, and presented by One World One Ocean, Journey to the South Pacific is directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest)and Stephen Judson (Everest, The Alps, and produced byShaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Grand Canyon Adventure) and Mark Krenzien(Adventures in Wild California, Arabia). Filmed with IMAX® 3D 15perf / 65mm film cameras, Journey to the South Pacific is written by Stephen Judson (Everest, To The Arctic) with a musical score by Steve Wood.
Journey to the South Pacific is the second IMAX film in MacGillivray Freeman's One World One Ocean Campaign after the success of To The Arctic and follows in the company's long tradition of films known for their artistry and celebration of the natural world. More information about the film can be found atwww.imax.com/journeytothesouthpacific.
About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 37 IMAX films to its credit. Throughout the company's 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman's films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for box office. For more information about the company, visit www.macgillivrayfreemanfilms.com.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of June 30, 2013, there were 767 IMAX theatres (634 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 institutions) in 54 countries.
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