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The immersive jellyfish film Forsaken joins the interactive Butterfly Trail at Outernet’s The Now Building in central London.
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A new film exploring the life cycle of jellyfish has become the latest immersive experience at a central London venue. The free experience will run alongside the Butterfly Trail which has proved a huge hit at The Now Building, next to Tottenham Court Road Tube station.

Forsaken, a 360-degree film showing the “infinite life cycle” of the 'immortal jellyfish' (turritopsis dohrnii), debuted on Thursday on Outernet’s wraparound screens, offering an immersive panoramic experience with up to 8K resolution on each wall.

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Directed by Roland Lane in collaboration with Greenpeace, Forsaken highlights the beauty and fragility of life in the ocean - and warns viewers of the danger posed to it by human activity.

The message of the film is summed up by a quote from Greenpeace at the end of the piece: “The oceans support all life on Earth, but they are in crisis. For every future generation: protect the ocean, stop deep sea mining.”

Lane was quick to credit the animation and visual effects (VFX) company Cinesite for its contributions. He told LondonWorld: “Working with Cinesite to bring this idea to life has been a collaboration, in the truest sense of the word, and being able to utilise the world-class talent, creativity and expertise they have within their team has been a professional highlight for myself.

“We worked closely together to apply the industry-leading CG (computer graphics) and VFX capabilities they are renowned for to this most innovative of productions, crafting something ambitious for the immersive, one-of-a-kind Outernet venue, as we sought to combine visual art with pioneering tech.”

Scott Blacker spent his 16th Christmas Day at Blackpool Sea Life Centre (Credit: SeaLife Blackpool / SWNS)Scott Blacker spent his 16th Christmas Day at Blackpool Sea Life Centre (Credit: SeaLife Blackpool / SWNS)
Scott Blacker spent his 16th Christmas Day at Blackpool Sea Life Centre (Credit: SeaLife Blackpool / SWNS)
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Fiona Nicholls, interim head of oceans at Greenpeace UK, said: “The oceans support all life on Earth but less than 1% of the global oceans are properly protected. Destructive industries, like deep sea mining or industrial fishing, are jeopardising the future health of the oceans, which we all rely on. 

“Art is a powerful and universal way to touch people. With Forsaken, we have a unique opportunity to reach a vast range of people to showcase the beauty of oceans and their fragility, and inspire people to work with us to protect the oceans before it’s too late and more species are lost forever.”

How to watch Forsaken

Forsaken will run daily, with screenings at 11am, 6pm and 9pm.

The interactive Butterfly Trail will run at other times during the day. 

Visitors are advised to check the Outernet app for timings. Both experiences are free and no booking is required.

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