Blue chip science documentary Immortal shows the astonishing discovery made by a team of scientists led by Australian-born professor, Elizabeth Blackburn – the key to unlimited life – and the secret of endless youth. Deep in the DNA of a humble pond creature, Professor Blackburn 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.
Immortal is a finalist in the 2011 Eureka Prize and won a Special Jury Award at the Remi Awards. Director of Photography Harry Panagiotidis won an Australian Cinematographer’s Silver Award and the documentary won the Best Educational Value + Best Science category at Montana Cine. Immortal has screened at Houston Worldfest, the International Scientific Film Festival in Hungary, Scinema, Pariscience and the prestigious Jackson Hole Film Festival.
Written and Directed by Sonya Pemberton. Produced by Tony Wright.