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Imagine floating in the crystalline, turquoise waters of the Bahamas. Sunlight dances off the rippled, white sand banks. swimming alongside you are some of the most graceful and extraordinary creatures on Earth - wild dolphins.

From the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, Dolphins takes audiences on an underwater adventure with inquisitive Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, acrobatic Dusky Dolphins, and the familiar Bottlenose Dolphin. Viewers will meet a young scientist, Doctor Kathleen Dudzinski and her two colleagues, mentor Doctor Bernd Würsig and Doctor Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez, as they lead us on an exploration into their fascinating world.

While most of what we know about dolphins comes from studying them in captivity, Dudzinski and her colleagues conduct their research with dolphins in the wild, a far more strenuous, time-consuming, even dangerous endeavour. Employing innovative scientific methods and technology, Kathleen and her colleagues set out to learn more about how dolphins communicate and their foraging and social behaviours. Audiences may be surprised to witness firsthand how scientific progress is made in centimetres and not kilometres, and how the slow accumulation of scientific data is passed on, and expanded upon, from one generation of scientists to the next.

Featuring a soundtrack with music from Grammy award®-winning singer and songwriter Sting, Dolphins will capture the imagination of audiences world-wide who will gain new-found respect for the ocean and the importance of scientific research to its preservation.

Narrated by Pierce Brosnan, directed by Greg MacGillivray.

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


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*Director of Intelligence slaps Special Agent upside the head*

If you're a lover of cetaceans, wildlife or documentaries then Dolphins at Imax will wrap you in sea and surf in a way that no piddly little 30 cm TV can. The best thing about Imax is the size of the screen (bigger is better!). It makes viewing an ocular pleasure. The subject of this film is eminently suitable for the larger format because it comes to life up there on the wall. Dolphins swim above, below and around you. It's cool.

As far as the documentary side of it goes, Dolphins follows a pretty standard format, presenting facts and creating a narrative to make them easier to swallow. There are no huge revelations about these finny friends but the film does give you an up close and up to date look at them and their lives, and explores a few myths along the way. I will put it this way: you won't be able to write a thesis on dolphins but you won't be bored either.

Dolphins is a good way to pass an hour down at Darling Harbour. You won't die if you miss it, but you'll live a little better if you don't.

Oh yes, these people who study dolphins up close and personal aren't shy about stripping down to their speedos, either.

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about 55 minutes

Not for public release in Australia before date

13 April 2000

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