Human Body wins prestigious large format award
large format version of The Human Body has been recognised as the
Best Film For Lifelong Learning at the annual Giant Screen Theatre
Association (GSTA) conference, the IMAX industry's key event of
the year. The judges described the film as "a milestone for
large format films that broke new ground in the way it told its
story and a film that has raised the bar by which others will now
is the first time a BBC television series has been the inspiration
for a film for IMAX cinemas. A year after its release, the large
format version has been sold to 78 theatres and is currently showing
on 44 screens worldwide. In astonishing detail, the film presents
a slice of human life, going beyond the television series to take
the audience on a voyage with incredible visuals and sound.
Georgi, Director of The Human Body commented: "It is a phenomenal
achievement to have had such success with our first large format
film. Given the educational remit of the IMAX industry, this award
is proof that we made an excellent film that successfully appeals
to the target audience."
decision to adapt The Human Body for cinema is part of a strategy
to take major BBC series to new audiences. Alix Tidmarsh, Director
of IPM Factual at BBC Worldwide, commented: "As part of the
development of our business, we are constantly looking for new ways
to extend our major TV successes into new and varied markets. It
is therefore hugely satisfying that the theatric release of The
Human Body is not only attracting a completely new global audience,
but winning prestigious awards too".
Human Body series was first shown on BBC ONE in May 1998, attracting
6.3 million viewers and an audience share of 38%. The series has
been licensed to over 50 countries, while the book, video, DVD and
CD-ROM have been published in more than 25 countries.
Human Body is a BBC/The Learning Channel co-production. The IMAX
release is a presentation of The Learning Channel (TLC) and BBC
Worldwide of a Discovery Pictures/BBC co-production in association
with The Science Museum London and the Maryland Science Center with
major funding provided by the National Science Museum in the US.