A BEAUTIFUL PLANET

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Toni Myers. This film, shot largely on the International Space Station, makes great use of the 3D format and large IMAX screen to give us some stunning vistas of outer space, but also of the planet Earth. The film also gives us glimpses into the day to day lives and routines of astronauts as they carry out repairs and scientific experiments aboard the claustrophobic confines of the space station. We meet the trio of astronauts - a Russian, and American and an Italian - who have spent six months on the space station Continue reading

A BEAUTIFUL PLANET – interview with Marsha Ivins

by GREG KING Marsha Ivins is a real life former NASA astronaut, who has been involved in the 3D IMAX documentary A Beautiful Planet. Marsha was in Melbourne to introduce the screenings at IMAX and participate in some Q&As. Greg spoke to Marsha to find out more about her life as an astronaut, about the film itself, and about some of the classic Hollywood sci-fi space travel movies. http://www.mediafire.com/dow…/ivrryya7cjhzkdg/210823_001.MP3 Continue reading

JOURNEY TO MECCA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Bruce Neibaur. Based on the journal written by Ibn Battutah, a 14th century law student who made the epic but dangerous pilgrimage to the holy shrine at Mecca. He set out from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost 30 years later, having travelled 4500 miles, across some 40 countries, during his epic journey. Produced under the auspices of National Geographic, this 45-minute semi-documentary film offers dramatic re-enactments of his trip. Battutah faced harsh conditions, bandits, thirst and sandstorms. The Continue reading

JOURNEY TO MECCA

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Bruce Neibaur. Based on the journal written by Ibn Battutah, a 14th century law student who made the epic but dangerous pilgrimage to the holy shrine at Mecca. He set out from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost 30 years later, having travelled 4500 miles, across some 40 countries, during his epic journey. Produced under the auspices of National Geographic, this 45-minute semi-documentary film offers dramatic re-enactments of his trip. Battutah faced harsh conditions, bandits, thirst and Continue reading