The spectacular, feature length documentary, Deep Blue, produced by BBC Worldwide and Greenlight Media, achieved massive audiences in Germany during its opening weekend (30th Jan)
The screen average for the movie (based on the number of prints in the market and box office sales) beat the Hollywood hits Lost In Translation, Open Range, Finding Nemo, Calendar Girls and Freaky Friday. By doing so the movie received a ‘Bogey’ – the German Box Office Award given to features with a strong box office opening.
Deep Blue explores life above, below and far beneath the ocean surface and was inspired by the international hit series The Blue Planet, co-produced by the BBC and Discovery Channel. The film features an inspiring score from five-time Academy Award-nominated composer George Fenton, performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (its first-ever recording of a movie score).
The movie received critical and audience acclaim at its official world premiere at the 51st Donostia – San Sebastian International Film Festival last year and had been licensed around the world. Miramax Films recently acquired the North American rights to distribute the movie across the US later this year.
Alix Tidmarsh, producer of Deep Blue said, “German audiences have always had an appreciation of factual feature films and this huge response shows we have hit exactly the right tone with Deep Blue. It is a powerful and emotional event that contains wonderful entertainment for families. Greenlight Media and their partners have done a wonderful job in the market and I thank them for their commitment to the project.”
Nikolaus Weil, from Greenlight Media says: “We were very excited about the opportunity to take one of BBC Worldwide’s crown jewels to a new level of exposure. Deep Blue has proved the rapidly growing importance of theatrical documentary features.”
Filmed in more than 200 locations around the world with camera crews descending as far as 5,000 meters in the most powerful submersible craft known, Deep Blue was directed by Alastair Fothergill and Andy Byatt, produced by Alix Tidmarsh and Sophokles Tasioulis and executive producers were Nikolaus Weil, Stefan Beiten, Andre Sikojev and Mike Phillips.
Notes to editors:
Greenlight Media provides development, finance, production and distribution for international quality films. It is committed to delivering strong entertainment brands to audiences all around the world in both film and non-film media. Founded in 1993, Greenlight Media took off with the launch of the wildly successful animated TV series ‘SimsalaGrimm’, Germany’s number one exported TV series of all time. Greenlight Media has previously produced television and theatrical documentaries such as “Sandstones”, “Iceland-Realm of the Gods” and “Giorgio Armani – A Man for All Seasons.”