Giant screen movie-goers will travel from the wild Kimberly coast through mysterious and rarely seen Arnhem Land and then deep into the world’s oldest rainforest in Cape York with K2 Films new 3D film, “Australia’s Great Wild North 3D: The Wildest Place You’ve Never Seen” opening May 25 at the MG 3D Theater.
Far Northern Australia is a land of extremes. Huge bushfires ravage the ancient landscape in the dry season and the world’s biggest thunderstorms bring torrential rain and flooding in the wet season. These almost Jurassic conditions have created some of the richest wetlands on Earth.
The coast, rivers and waterholes are haunted by sharks. The plains are guarded by territorial buffalo and venomous snakes but the apex predator here is a living dinosaur – the saltwater crocodile. These creatures have existed in almost identical form for 200 million years – even surviving the meteor strike that wiped out the rest of the dinosaurs.
The saltwater crocodile was the victim of unregulated hunting practices during the 20th century that caused a dramatic decline in the species throughout its natural habitat. However, humans stepped in to help and the species currently has full legal protection in all Australian states and territories where it is found, leading to a rebound in species populations.
“We are excited to showcase a part of the world that very few people get the chance to explore,” said John Zendt, Moody Gardens president and CEO, who added it is ideally suited for the state-of-the-art 4K giant screen 6-Primary Laser Projection System and the property’s conservation mission. “This film is engaging and educational as it highlights the role humans play in allowing species in the wild to thrive.”