Film captures forest beauty

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 November, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 November, 1993, 12:00am

IN the tropical rainforest, there are all sorts of beautiful things to see, hear and feel.

The new Omnimax film, Tropical Rainforest , which is being screened at the Hong Kong Space Museum, takes the audience on a journey through time, evolution and the biological diversity of the world's tropical rainforests.

Magnificent shots of colourful reptiles and diverse insects let the audience become part of the almost invisible forest world.

Filmed in Malaysia, Costa Rica, Australia and French Guiana, Tropical Rainforest offers all the splendour of sights and sounds.

It is a global film which examines the long evolution of the rainforest, the rapid and recent destruction of this habitat as a consequence of human intervention, and the scientific efforts to understand the tropical rainforest even as it disappear.

Species in the forests have formed interdependent relationships, all of which are dependent on the trees. With the loss of the forests, thousands of these species will become extinct before they can discovered.

According to some scientists, rainforests may contain well over half of the species on earth. Deforestation in the tropics is causing a loss of biological diversity on an unprecedented scale, with almost one species being condemned to extinction every hour.

The 39-minute film is screened at the Space Museum at 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm. 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm daily, except Tuesdays when the museum is closed. There will be additional shows at 1.30 pm on Saturdays, and at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Tickets at $20 and $13 (students and senior citizens) are available from the Space Museum box office and URBTIX outlets.