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International premiere of James Cameron exhibition set for Sydney

Joint Media Release

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications
Minister for Arts

Adam Marshall
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events

Academy Award-winning director and deep-sea explorer James Cameron will take visitors on a journey to the depths of our oceans in a brand new immersive exhibition James Cameron – Challenging the Deep coming to the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney this year.

James Cameron – Challenging the Deep will premiere at the Australian National Maritime Museum supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and will run from 29 May 2018 until 30 January 2019.

Federal Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, said the Australian National Maritime Museum has once again demonstrated that it is an international leader in promoting maritime heritage by developing this unique and immersive exhibition in close collaboration with James Cameron and the Avatar Alliance Foundation.

“The Australian Government is proud to invest almost $29 million each year, through the Australian National Maritime Museum, to preserve and promote significant historic moments and contributions to our nation’s and the world’s maritime cultural heritage,” Minister Fifield said.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the exhibition will provide a significant boost to the NSW visitor economy.

“James Cameron is one of the best known movie directors in the world, with Titanic the highest-grossing film of all time before Cameron’s own Avatar surpassed it. Fewer, however, would know of his passion for deep-sea exploration and that he is a veteran of eight history-making deep sea expeditions and more than 91 submersible dives,” Mr Marshall said.

“Given the worldwide appeal of Cameron’s work, we expect around 4,800 people will travel to Sydney from interstate and overseas to experience the exhibition, with a total visitor spend of approximately $4.6 million.

“With a vibrant and exciting arts and culture scene as well as one of the world’s most famous harbours for budding ocean explorers, I have no doubt visitors will find plenty to do during their stay in Sydney,” he said.

The exhibition will explore Cameron’s history-making expeditions to the deep, his passion for ocean science and technology, and his pioneering work in underwater filmmaking as seen in Titanic and the science-fiction classic The Abyss, as well as Deepsea Challenge, his deep-sea expedition to the Mariana Trench.

Visitors will experience Cameron’s passion for deep-sea exploration through cinema scale projections, artefacts and specimens from his expeditions, world-first diving innovations, and props and artefacts from box office hits The Abyss and Titanic.

They will be able to explore the wreck of the Titanic, plan a dive, climb into a basic replica of the Deepsea Challenger and discover the scientific, technical and creative innovations that made The Abyss and Titanic box office hits.

To learn more about the exhibition visit anmm.gov.au/jamescameron

Media Contact:

Fifield: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au

Marshall: Georgie Humphries | 0418 495 502 | Georgie.humphries [at] minister.nsw.gov.au