Every year millions of visitors travel by way of fins, flippers and feet to see one of the seven wonders of the natural world: the Great Barrier Reef – a living treasure trove of biodiversity. There is still so much to learn and knowledge is the key to understanding more about this living Eden. A thriving metropolis populated by a cast of characters straight out of an adventure novel – heroes, bad guys, sidekicks, lovers and clowns – they’re all players in this vast underwater drama. Today, a new generation of reef guardians are committed to protecting this marine reserve, making a difference and sharing their knowledge of this extraordinary ecosystem, the beating heart of the reef. Learn how this amazing sanctuary has endured for thousands of years and will continue to do so far into the future.

A December Media film produced in association with Slattery Family Trust, Biopixel, Soundfirm, Film Victoria, and Screen Queensland and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.

Narrated by Eric Bana

Runtime: 40 minutes

Format: available in 15 perforation/70mm, DCI compliant digital, IMAX digital, Dome-customized 15/70, 2D and 3D

For Educators

Download the Educator Guide for hands-on activities aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core ELA and Social Studies.

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Honors & Reviews
  • Best Creativity Film – 2019 Beijing Film Festival
  • Semi Finalist, Children and Nature Category – International Wildlife Film Festival

Great Barrier Reef immerses the viewer in the sights and sounds of life along one of the world’s most beautiful – and endangered – ecosystems….Seeing this beautifully crafted documentary in a traditional theater would have been an outstanding experience. Experiencing it within the 50-foot dome of the Museum’s IMAX Theater brought the sights and sounds so close you felt a part of the exploration.”
The Reminder

“The movie, just under an hour, is an escape to blue ocean waters and 1,400 miles of the most beautiful coral formation in the world.”

“A giant-screen epic…..Great Barrier Reef dives deep into the riches of the Great Barrier Reef.”
-Chattanooga Times Free Press

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