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Golden Globe Winner Miranda Richardson To Narrate New 3D Giant-Screen Documentary HIDDEN UNIVERSE


Written by: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Date: June 17, 2013

The film brings to life the farthest reaches of our Universe with real images of deep space phenomena captured by the world's most powerful telescopes, seen on-screen and in 3D for the first time.


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Film reveals stunning images of deep space phenomena captured by the world's most powerful telescopes -- coming to IMAX® theatres and giant-screen cinemas starting June 28

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., June 17, 2013 -- MacGillivray Freeman Films and December Media today announced that the upcoming 3D giant-screen documentary Hidden Universe will be narrated by Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning British actress Miranda Richardson. The film will be released to IMAX® and other giant-screen theatres starting June 28, 2013 with world premieres at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland and the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen.

Hidden Universe is the first giant-screen production from Australia's award-winning December Media and the company's first collaboration with two-time Academy Award®-nominated MacGillivray Freeman Films.

A spectacular journey into deep space, Hidden Universe brings to life the farthest reaches of our Universe with real images of deep space phenomena captured by the world's most powerful telescopes, seen on-screen and in 3D for the first time. The film allows audiences to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars, and witness images of distant celestial structures including exquisite views of the Sun, all in stunning IMAX 3D.

"Hidden Universe is an immersive story of frontier science and incredible discovery that combines the very latest advances in astronomy with the power of the giant-screen 3D experience," said producer Stephen Amezdroz of December Media. "The film's dramatic new views of deep space offer fresh insight into the evolution of the cosmos, and when paired with the talents of Miranda Richardson, make for an even more powerful film experience for audiences."

"From its breathtaking views of the surface of Mars to its dramatic images of the birth of stars, Hidden Universe is loaded with images that deliver those powerful 'wow' moments the giant-screen medium is known," said Bob Harman, Director of Distribution, MacGillivray Freeman Films. "Hidden Universe promises to be the next in a long line of successful, award-winning space films produced for IMAX theatres."

Miranda Richardson is one of the most respected international actresses working today, having won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the art house hit Enchanted April as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Louis Malle's Damage for which she won the BAFTA Award. She received another Academy Award nomination for her work in the biopic of T.S. Eliot, Tom & Viv, and two more Golden Globe Awards for her roles in HBO's original movie Fatherland and the NBC miniseries Merlin. Equally well-regarded in both Hollywood and the British stage, Richardson has delivered decades of stellar performances on both stage and screen. Hidden Universe is her first giant-screen documentary for IMAX theatres.

Hidden Universe was filmed in 15/70mm on location in Chile's Atacama Desert at the European Southern Observatory's flagship facility, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the international astronomy facility ALMA, as well as in Australia's Kakadu National Park. The film features 3D simulations of deep space phenomena based on actual astronomical data gathered by the VLT and ALMA telescopes, as well as other telescopes such as the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

"We're enthusiastic to showcase ESO's telescopes and groundbreaking science results in IMAX -- truly larger than life," said Lars Lindberg Christensen, Head of Outreach for the European Southern Observatory (ESO). "Only the IMAX format can really convey the breathtaking experience of seeing humanity's most advanced telescopes in action. This is the next-best thing to visiting the Atacama Desert yourself!"

Hidden Universe is a December Cinema Productions film produced in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology, and the European Space Observatory (ESO). The film is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Tony Wright, produced by Stephen Amezdroz, and written and directed by Russell Scott. Hidden Universe is produced in association with MacGillivray Freeman Films, which distributes the film globally.

About December Media
December Media is one of Australia's most experienced production companies in factual and documentary program making. Based in Melbourne, the company is known for its quality documentaries and series made for Australian and international markets. With more than 20 years of experience in documentary, education, award-winning live action and animated children's television, December Media brings a wealth of development, financing and production experience as well as having extensive network, distribution and financing relationships across the globe.

About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen films for IMAX theatres, including Oscar-nominated Dolphins and The Living Sea. For the past forty years, the company's films have been shown in leading institutions around the world, making the company the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion box office benchmark. MacGillivray Freeman's films are known for their artistry and successful blend of education and entertainment, as well as their celebration of science and the natural world.

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