Review by: Stuart Kortekaas
As you’d expect, the IMAX film Great White Shark 3D features stunning footage of these magnificent and graceful animals up close – both in and out of the water!
Great White Shark 3D contains some interesting pieces of information, and unexpected insights into the world of the sharks. I think you’ll be very surprised to discover just how far into the ocean’s depths it’s now known they dive to! New Zealand isn’t a place most people associate with great whites, so it was interesting also to see footage taken in those waters also.
The film does address several contentious issues head on, including how great whites have been portrayed in popular culture. John Williams distinctive score from the movie Jaws is played while the impact of the book and movie is discussed, lending a real sense of occasion to the documentary. I think it’d be fair to say that as much as we fear sharks, we’re also equally fascinated by them!
The film also addresses the popularity of cage diving in South Africa. Unfortunately the examples of cage diving shown were of the ‘old fashioned’ way of attracting sharks, by throwing bait into the water and essentially teasing them with it. At this point I couldn’t help but thinking this was one of the few areas in which the film wasn’t keeping up with the latest contemporary practises. In Australia, where shark cages were first developed, it’s been proven that great white sharks can be attracting by doing nothing more than playing rock music underwater! This is something I’ve observed first hand, during a tour by Adventure Bay Charters last year at the Neptune Islands, a remote location several hours off the coast of Port Lincoln in South Australia. The sharks are more curious than anything else to check out the music being played (They particularly like AC/DC!), resulting in a more natural and relaxed environment, which benefits all involved, including the great whites!
From a practical perspective, the IMAX film also provides some useful advice for anyone that finds themselves in the water with a great white. Two record-breaking free divers, Frederic Buyle and William Winram, who follow great whites by simply holding their breath and free diving with them, talk about their observations and experiences.
This film is definitely a must-see! It opens at IMAX Melbourne on January 1: http://www.imaxmelbourne.com.au/movie/great_white_shark_3d