‘More important than ever before’: Aussie icon Jack Thompson’s new project


Iconic Australian actor, Jack Thompson, has lent his voice to the Australian Geographic: Our Country 360° Cinematic Experience – an immersive sensory experience that has been 10 years in the making.
Australian actor Jack Thompson | Image source: Peter Brew-Bevan

Australia’s “wildness”, grandeur and natural diversity will be on show from March 11 in a new immersive, 40-screen multi-sensory arts experience in Brisbane presented by Tourism Australia.

The experience, Australian Geographic: Our Country 360° Cinematic Experience, is the result of a 10-year project involving around 25 cinematographers and more than 100,000 hours of footage of Queensland natural landscapes.

Our Country is introduced by iconic Australian actor, Jack Thompson AM, who is arguable one of the country’s best-known “true blue” character actors with one of the most recognisable Australian voices. For Thompson, celebrating what makes Australia unique and protecting it is important.

“The exhibition has captured the sense that this land is so much larger than we are. We are simply an element in this great, natural landscape,” Thompson said.

“Being able to stand still in Our Country’s soundscape and view the wild places that surround us is truly profound and it’s more important than ever before that we protect it.”

Actor Jack Thompson AO

The uniqueness of Australia’s million species of plants and animals – 80% of which are found nowhere else on earth – will feature in the immersive experience, supported by AAT Kings and produced in conjunction with Northern Pictures.

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Curated by internationally renowned and Emmy award-winning producer and filmmaker, Karina Holden, Our Country features sound and music by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Artists.

“Our Country is the result of a decade’s work filming Australia designed to be deeply personal as each viewer makes their own discoveries about our breath-taking country, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature,” Holden says.

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Australian Geographic: Our Country 360° Cinematic Experience runs at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 11 2023.

More from Jack Thompson AM in the next print edition of Forbes Australia, out in April.

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