Coral Rekindling Venus astounds audiences around the world

Currently nominated for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Innovation Award and screened recently in the futuristic-looking planetarium during the Buenos Aires Independent Cinema Festival and at Sundance New Frontiers earlier in the year, Coral: Rekindling Venus keeps amazing audiences wherever it’s shown around the world.

Created and directed by Australian media artist Lynette Wallworth with principal photography by David Hannan, Coral: Rekindling Venus is an immersive Full Dome format film experience that takes viewers underwater through the mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs.

Featuring music by Max Richter, songs by Tanya Tagaq Gillis, Antony and the Johnsons, and Gurrumul Yunupingu, Lynette’s intent …is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity and beauty of coral reefs, and a stronger understanding of our connection to them”.

Premiering reportedly to “audible gasps” (Huffington Post) in New York’s Hayden Planetarium Space Theater on it’s impressive 30 meter (87-foot) dome screen – and simultaneously in a dozen other cities around the globe to co-incide with the Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012 – this 45-minute Full Dome show keeps getting rapt and positive attention from audiences and critics alike.

planetario_buenos_aires_160Winning ‘The Oscars of Dome Films’ in the Art Category at Dome Fest in late 2012, the film was invited to be part of New Frontiers at Sundance Film Festival during January 2013. Screenings announced in 14 cities around the USA were mostly sold out.

According to the L.A. Times: ” As close as most of us are going to get to feeling like we’re in a James Cameron submersible, “Coral” is immersive cinema at its most spectacular”.

Producer John Maynard of Felix Media adds: “Lynette’s work, beyond its beauty and visionary scope has created a benchmark in full-dome work and is quickly enlivening the market with the potential of new content. Inclusion in the prestigious Sundance Film Festival New Frontier exhibition helps our film find wider audiences and helps to spread support for our endangered coral reefs”.


Lynette Wallworth with guests at Sundance, 2013 demonstrates Rekindling Venus: In Plain Sight, the augmented reality app companion piece to Coral: Rekindling Venus.

Lynette’s current favourite review and analysis by Julie Fisher “that absolutely nails the work and the experience” is on Indiewire.

… and an astonishing reference in The Guardian to “… a mind-boggling film about psychedelic coloured coral reefs, the colours of which are affected when the planet Venus comes through the atmosphere …(with)… mesmerising soundtrack that will take you into another world”.

“It’s going gang-busters” said Lynette – “… more good news coming soon !”

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