(December Media and Pemberton Films, 2010)
The key to endless life has been discovered. The bad news is, it can kill you.
Astonishingly, science has uncovered the key to unlimited life – and a secret of endless youth. Deep in the DNA of a humble pond creature an Australian-born scientist co-discovered an ‘immortalising’ enzyme, a chemical catalyst that can keep cells young, forever. In 2009 this discovery was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. But, this is no simple ‘cure’ for ageing. For the same enzyme that fuels endless youth, also fuels cancer. IMMORTAL reveals the inner workings of this biological paradox and its remarkable impact on ageing, stress, disease and cancer.
2012 Emmy for Outstanding Science & Technology Programming
2011 Best Science & Nature, Jackson Hole
2011 Health Journalist of the Year, National Press Club
2011 Best Documentary, National Press Club
2011 Special Jury Prize, International Science Film Festival
2011 Grand Jury Prize, Finalist, Paris Science Film Festival
2011 EUREKA Award for Science Journalism, Finalist, Australia
2011 Popular Science, Finalist, BANFF Rockies, Canada
2010 Best Science, Montana CINE International Film Festival, USA
2010 Best Educational Film, Montana CINE International Film Festival USA
Tony Wright & Sonya Pemberton
Writer / Director
A December Media and Pemberton Films Prodution.
Produced in Association with SBS Australia, Screen Australia and Film Victoria.