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Swim Alongside Playful Seals and Soar Above Vast Penguin Colonies in Antarctica

The exciting documentary film opens in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

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Antarctica: sunset setting. Beautiful golden sun rays and white snow. Antarctica was first sighted by humans just 200 years ago.

Antarctica: sunset setting. Beautiful golden sun rays and white snow. Antarctica was first sighted by humans just 200 years ago.
Southern right whale breach rainbow. A southern right whale, whalers gave these whales their name, as they were the right whales to hunt. This population of 35,000 was so reduced by this industry that only 35 females remained.

Southern right whale breach rainbow. A southern right whale, whalers gave these whales their name, as they were the right whales to hunt. This population of 35,000 was so reduced by this industry that only 35 females remained.
Cameraman Rolf Steinmann filming king penguin chicks on South Georgia.

Cameraman Rolf Steinmann filming king penguin chicks on South Georgia.
Gentoo penguins on iceberg. Gentoo penguins gather on an iceberg before heading out to sea to feed.

Gentoo penguins on iceberg. Gentoo penguins gather on an iceberg before heading out to sea to feed.
Below the ice sea anemones. Below the sea ice the water is a constant -2°C (about 28°F). The high concentration of salt in the water stops it from freezing, but in the cold creatures like these sea anemones grow very slowly and to an old age.

Below the ice sea anemones. Below the sea ice the water is a constant -2°C (about 28°F). The high concentration of salt in the water stops it from freezing, but in the cold creatures like these sea anemones grow very slowly and to an old age.
Southern right whale with diver. A diver with a southern right whale. This population of around 35,000 whales was decimated by whalers and yet, amazingly, these animal remain inquisitive and gentle around humans.

Southern right whale with diver. A diver with a southern right whale. This population of around 35,000 whales was decimated by whalers and yet, amazingly, these animal remain inquisitive and gentle around humans.

SAN DIEGO, CA—The Fleet Science Center is pleased to announce the opening of BBC Earth’s Antarctica, an exciting documentary film narrated by Academy Award®-nominated actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. With never-before-seen footage, the story brings audiences to the farthest reaches of this wild and majestic continent. Antarctica opens in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater on Saturday, March 19, with a Fleet member preview day on Friday, March 18, 2022. 

Antarctica captures a land of mystery and highlights how what happens there affects every single one of us. It is the coldest, driest, windiest place on Earth with the roughest oceans, but it is also where weird and wonderful creatures thrive in astounding abundance.  

Moviegoers dive beneath sea ice, which is over 6 feet thick, to experience the alien world of its seafloor. Swim alongside playful seals, soar above mountain peaks, explore vast penguin colonies and witness the largest congregation of fin and humpback whales ever filmed.  

Although incredibly remote from us, Antarctica and its surrounding South Ocean play a vital role for the entire planet by regulating ocean currents and sea levels. At the same time, its wildlife-filled waters can absorb enormous amounts of carbon from our atmosphere. No one owns Antarctica, but it will take global cooperation and collaboration to protect it to ensure the future health of our planet.  

“We are excited to release this film at a crucial time in the environmental landscape. What happens in Antarctica has a major global significance across the planet and affects us all. We hope the film entertains and educates our audiences on how important the environmental health of Antarctica is to the rest of the world. We could not have chosen a better narrator for this film as Benedict’s iconic voice takes us all on an incredible journey,” states Jonathan Williams, Executive Producer & Head of Commercial, BBC Earth. 

Antarctica opens Saturday, March 19, in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Fleet Science Center. There is an Antarctica Public Opening Party (POP) to celebrate this new documentary. Guests are invited to attend on this special day for giveaways, special promotions and fun for the entire family. The Antarctica POP activities are included with admission to the science center. Tickets are available at the ticket counter and online. For more information on this event, visit fleetscience.org/events/antarctica-pop.

Antarctica is executive produced by BBC Earth and distributed by SK Films, directed by Fredi Devas and Producer Jonny Keeling. 


Additional Links
 
For more information on Antarctica at the Fleet Science Center, visit: fleetscience.org/shows/antarctica 
For press photos, visit: fleetscience.org/press-room/images/shows
For more information on the Antarctica film from BBC Earth, visit: antarcticafilm.com/
The trailer is also available to view on YouTube at: youtu.be/m4LnMlESzWA

About BBC Earth  
 
BBC Earth is a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe. We bring amazing premium content, television and experiences to the world, across multiple platforms including branded channels, live events, digital and social media, AR/VR, theatrical releases for cinema and Giant Screen films and consumer products. We believe that celebrating and connecting with our world is more important than ever, across nature, science, space and the human race. Along with our partners, we are continually innovating to find new stories and experiences to bring insight, enlightenment and fresh perspectives to inspire us to think and feel differently about our world. From the epic to the everyday, BBC Earth brings you face to face with heart-pounding action, mind-blowing ideas and the sheer wonder of being part of this amazing planet we call home. Visit bbcearth.com for more info. 
 
About SK Films  
 
SK Films is an award-winning content provider and a global leader in the IMAX® and Giant Screen industry. SK works across various genres and platforms, including theatrical, television and digital media, with a special emphasis on creating high-impact natural history and science-related content.  SK has a reputation as one of the most accomplished and respected producers and distributors supplying 3D, 2D and Dome products to IMAX and other Giant Screen theaters worldwide, with a mission to entertain and inspire audiences and immerse them in the awe and wonder of the world we live in. For more information, please visit SKFilms.ca. 
 
 

 

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About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
 
 
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.