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

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

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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 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 

Two baby penguins being warmed by their mother in the snowy landscape of Antarctica.