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Explore mysterious cities beneath the sea in The Last Reef

The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea is a thrilling underwater journey that uses unprecedented 3D cinematography to bring the teeming world of coral reefs to life.

With Hastings Museum’s giant 65-foot screen and bright, digital 3D projector using RealD 3D technology, you’ll truly be immersed in an undersea world as never before.

These clown fish appear in The Last Reef 3D, showing on our 65-foot-wide screen.

The film explores our connection with the ocean’s complex and parallel worlds, revealing a habitat more diverse and more colorful than ever imagined. Stunning 3D imagery will immerse you in these communities beneath the sea and reveal the behavior and relationships of countless ocean denizens—from well-loved species like spotted dolphins, reef sharks and stingrays, to lesser-known but equally fascinating residents such as crocodile fish, colorful nudibranchs and delicate flatworms.

Shown here are dolphins, which you can see up close in The Last Reef 3D at Hastings Museum.

Shot on location in Palau, Bahamas, Cancun, French Polynesia and New York, The Last Reef takes us from the heart of the city to the heart of the reef. As these ancient, exotic havens face the threat of extinction, this uplifting film inspires audiences with a vision of the reef’s incredible— yet fragile—power to rebuild.

The Last Reef reveals coral worlds in incredible detail, captured by the world’s first underwater 4K macro photography rig, created specifically for this shoot. Using this groundbreaking new technology, miniscule creatures appear massive on the giant screen while retaining brilliant clarity. Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish and consider what it would mean if one of these wonderlands were to become the last reef, a very real danger being faced today.

The Last Reef is the newest giant screen film from the makers of Wild Ocean 3D. Directors Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas have teamed up again on a global journey to explore the undeniable connection of our cities on land to the vibrant parallel world beneath the sea.

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The Last Reef was shot over a period of three years, with much of the underwater footage captured on the reefs of Palau, 500 miles west of the Philippines. Palau is a beautiful archipelago of limestone rock islands sheltered by a massive reef, with a multitude of easily accessible coral formations in clear, calm waters. Individual sites in the film include Jellyfish Lake, Blue Corner, the German Channel and Mandarin Fish Lake. Mangrove footage was mainly shot in Bimini, with the added advantage of lemon sharks, reef sharks, stingrays and some excellent wreck sites.

“Underwater macro photography in 3D is something that’s never really been seen in any format, let alone on the giant screen,” McNicholas said. “It’s the perfect tool to truly immerse viewers in these ‘alien’ worlds that are as vital to our existence as the rainforests—and are at risk of being the first ecosystem to be lost as a result of human activity.”

To bring the story full circle, images of the work of Jason deCaires Taylor, a British sculptor based in Cancun, Mexico, appear as a coda. His life-size sculptures, casts of real objects and real people, form underwater sculpture parks in Mexico and Belize. They encourage new reef growth while drawing tourists away from protected areas, connecting humanity to the underwater world in a more positive way.

The film is suitable for all audiences and has a running time of 39 minutes.

The Last Reef is a production of Giant Screen Films, Yes/No Productions and Liquid Pictures. The film is written and directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, the Academy Award®-nominated creators of the international sensation STOMP.

For more on the film, visit The Last Reef website.

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