Rising to the Challenge
DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D
However, Cameron would prefer to be remembered for his exploits as a full- time explorer of the world’s seas. And he is both cashed- up and cranky enough to make sure that happens.
Therefore, Deepsea Challenge 3D is as much a journey to the centre of Cameron’s cavernous ego, as it is a plunge to the absolute depths of the Mariana Trench.
The mind- boggling logistics of the dive exist in a grey area where the daunting becomes the intimidating. To get to his target drop site – exactly 10,907m beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean – Cameron had to make his own submarine.
Largely designed and manufactured in Australia, this prototype vessel had to be capable of withstanding immense external pressure levels. Space for Cameron was less of a priority. Once the blueprints for the sub were finished, he would be piloting the craft from inside a space not much bigger than your kitchen fridge.
As we come to learn throughout Deepsea Challenge, Cameron is one brave hombre.
Test runs for the submarine are conducted in an unseemly rush, and the not- insignificant matters of sudden leaks and failing equipment are dealt with on the fly.
However, scenes such as where we have to sit through re- enactments of Cameron’s
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
DON’T show up after the first three minutes of 20,000 Days on Earth, an unorthodox new documentary on Nick Cave. Otherwise you’ll miss a rapid- fire capsule of the previous 19,999 days in the life of the seminal Australian singer- songwriter. If you’re not a Cave fan, the opening sequence is crucial, as it is as close as the film comes to delivering factual data on childhood, or watch him give a marine biology lesson to a New Guinea man who didn’t really want one, are wincingly unnecessary.
Thankfully, Deepsea Challenge is saved by the extraordinary 3D pictures Cameron captures at the base of the mysterious Mariana Trench.
There is an uncharted ( and very active) world down there, and Cameron pulls out all the stops to ensure we take in every last detail possible of this fascinating new frontier.
Ever the innovator, Cameron might also have unwittingly forged a whole new cinematic genre: celebrity billionaires blowing their dough on the vanity adventure doco of their choosing.
The queues for Bill Gates: Mission to Mars and J. K. Rowling Roller- Skates Along the Equator start right here. him. Instead, the filmmakers depict what they call “a mythical, yet contemporary day in the life” of their subject. In the 24 hours covered, Cave will let the audience in on some secrets and slam the door on others. Truth collides with fiction, as does the charisma of the man with the enduring enigma of his work. Aside from some fine musical stretches, Cave- ologists will dig scenes where Nick interviews past collaborators such as Kylie Minogue.