James Cameron is a polymath — a film-maker, marine explorer, NASA advisor and leading advocate for the protection of our oceans and environment...

Game Changer: James Cameron


2 Angel Pl
2000 NSW

City Recital Hall

Event Details

James Cameron is a polymath — a film-maker, marine explorer, NASA advisor and leading advocate for the protection of our oceans and environment. You probably know him best as the highest-grossing film-maker in history with blockbusters Avatar, Titanic, The Abyss, the Terminators and Aliens to his credit. Now get to know more about James’ thirst for scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Not only was James the first person to descend to the Mariana Trench — the deepest place on the planet — as a solo pilot, he also co-designed the unique vertical submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER that was built in Sydney. 

Whether he’s directing films or engineering ways to get cameras onto NASA missions, James has always been able to innovate and leverage the latest technologies to introduce the public to new ideas.

Dive deep into the creative genius that is James Cameron when he talks about bridging science and art, documenting marine life forms and all that a lifetime of exploration has revealed.

He will be in conversation with Australia’s own polymath — Adam Spencer. Adam is well known as a lover of numbers, science, football and films.

The James Cameron Vivid Ideas ticket also includes entry to the James Cameron - Challenging the Deep exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.

When: 5pm, Sunday 27 May
Where: City Recital Hall


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Tickets to the James Cameron - Challenging the Deep exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum can be purchased directly from the Australian National Maritime Museum. Refer below for more information.



James Cameron – Challenging the Deep


Journey to the depths of our oceans in this major new immersive exhibition exploring James Cameron’s historymaking expeditions to the deep, his passion for ocean science and technology, and his pioneering work in underwater film-making.

When: 29 May 2018 - 30 Jan 2019
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo: Mark Thiessen/Nat Geo Creative

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