A Beautiful Planet

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A Beautiful Planet

This Imax film, narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, comes from a team well-seasoned in making films shot in space: its writer-director-producer-editor Toni Myers was behind films including ‘Hubble 3D’ and ‘Space Station 3D’. But it’s the first such film to be shot with digital cameras, and Myers and her team, as usual, delegated much of the actual filming to a small team of astronauts aboard the International Space Station over a 15-month period. Partly, ‘A Beautiful Planet’ is a portrait of life aboard the ISS, with scenes of astronauts making coffee in zero gravity or, more seriously, doing some external repair work – although this element is fairly superficial if always interesting. Partly, it offers a new perspective of Earth from space – the night scenes (previously impossible to capture on real film) are staggering: we glide over our planet, crossing continents, with cities clearly lit up alongside the inky void of rural areas. And, partly, it’s a campaigning film: it urges us to consider ‘spaceship Earth’ and equate the community and solidarity of a space station with what’s needed to stop our planet from going to the dogs environmentally (images from space of depleted, burning Brazilian rainforests are especially depressing). You can’t help but be wowed by the imagery here, made all the more impressive by the large format and 3D. It’s thoughtful escapism for adults; it’s essential viewing for kids.

By: Dave Calhoun

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Rated: U
Release date: Friday May 27 2016
Duration: 43 mins

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I went to see this film at the IMAX at the Science museum with my class on a trip- I think I was more excited than the children!

The film was a fantastic look at earth through the eyes of those who work on International Space Station. It just made you feel so small! The 3D effect really helped with this and the narration by Jennifer Lawrence (although no David Attenborough) was calming and informative!

It really helped you put the world into perspective and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the astronauts live on the station - going about their daily routine interspersed with views of our world.

Absolutely fantastic documentary for people who are interested in the place they live and the world beyond!