‘Amazon Adventure’ to open at BFI IMAX London on 1 April 2019!

Magical Forest © SK Films

Amazon Adventure, a spectacular IMAX®/Giant Screen film from award-winning SK Films, will open at the BFI IMAX London on 1 April 2019, bringing audiences on a visually stunning odyssey through the wilds of the Amazon rainforest in an incredible story of scientific discovery.

From the makers of Flight of the Butterflies 3D, Amazon Adventure is directed by Mike Slee, co-written by Wendy MacKeigan and Carl Knutson, and executive produced by Jonathan Barker and Sean B. Carroll.

Filmed on location in London, Manchester, Charles Darwin’s Down House and the remote Brazilian rainforest, Amazon Adventure uses the IMAX format to immerse viewers into a wild world of breath-taking beauty and captivating animal behaviour.

The film traces the extraordinary journey of naturalist and explorer Henry Walter Bates (played by Calum Finlay) – the most influential British scientist you’ve probably never heard of – who provided “the beautiful proof” to Charles Darwin for his then controversial theory of natural selection, the greatest scientific explanation for the development of life on Earth.

As a young man, Bates risked his life for science during his 11-year expedition into the Amazon rainforest, accompanied for the first few years by his friend Alfred Wallace. Amazon Adventure is a compelling detective story of peril, perseverance and, ultimately, success, drawing audiences into the fascinating world of animal mimicry, the astonishing phenomenon where one animal adopts the look of another, gaining an advantage to survive. 

Henry Bates in Workshop © SK Films

Painstakingly researched for three years, Amazon Adventure enlisted the expertise of more than 100 scientists and historical advisors. MacKeigan and Slee sought out over 400 pieces of original research, which enabled them to draft the most comprehensive and accurate script and cinematic visualisation of 19th century Amazonian exploration ever produced.

The team’s commitment to authenticity not only resulted in this rigorous re-creation, even using actual instruments and tools from the 1850s, but the writing team also incorporated many of Bates’ own words, as he was a gifted storyteller. The team were granted unprecedented access by the Natural History Museum to film Bates’ own scientific field notebooks and botanical drawings, and to film the butterflies he personally collected over 160 years ago – butterflies that had never left the museum and had to go into quarantine for two weeks after filming.

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