|Great white sharks in New Zealand from film Great White Shark 3D | Photo Luke Cresswell|
Over the past two years, more than 240,000 people have come to New England’s largest movie screen to see arguably the ocean’s most fascinating and fearsome predator close-up. First released in May of 2013 to institutional IMAX theaters, Great White Shark 3D has been shown at more than 75 aquariums, science centers and other museums all across the U.S. and Canada as well as in Australia, Kuwait, Singapore, Spain, France and Mexico. Yet, Boston tops them all in attendance.
|Deep cage diving in Isla Guadalupe from Great White Shark 3D | Photo by Luke Cresswell|
Giant Screen Films, the movie’s distributor, confirms that New Englanders lead the way by a comfortable margin in watching this movie that emphasizes the natural history and conservation challenges facing great whites. Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and California, Great White Shark 3D does not have scenes shot off of Cape Cod as the great white shark presence in Massachusetts has only become much more visible over the last few years. The movie profiles those who have had direct encounters with great white sharks including scientists and free divers.
An IMAX movie at an institution like the Aquarium usually has a much longer screen run than a regular commercial movie. However, Great White Shark 3D is approaching cult classic status. Jane Wolfson, the Aquarium’s VP for Marketing and Communications said, “We have tried to take it down, but we can’t. It stays on our screen by popular demand.”
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Somehow, it seems to speak to the curious, maybe even obsessive relationship between New Englanders and great white sharks.
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