Ris­ing to the Chal­lenge

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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


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.

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