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Published:June 23rd, 2011 15:16 EST
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Miranda Richardson on Narrating Turtle: The Incredible Journey

By Paulette Cohn

Turtle: The Incredible Journey is just that. The film on the life of these amazing creatures, who are endangered by the loss of the beaches where they lay their eggs, the predators that attack them as they make their way to the sea and man`s pollution of the ocean, is well-worth seeing -- and not just for adults.

"By the grace of these wonderful cameramen and people funding these documentaries, we get to see secret worlds and learn more," says Miranda Richardson, who narrates the film. "I thought it was incredibly engaging. It taught me a lot. I certainly didn`t know the half of what goes on in the turtle`s journey."

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Turtle: The Incredible Journey follows the life and migration of a female loggerhead turtle from hatching on a beach in Florida, to its struggles to survive as it tries to make its way into the ocean and then to the Gulf Stream, to maturity and a return to its original Florida nesting grounds -- 25 years later where it lays its first eggs!

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"Some of the filming in this inevitably had to be reconstructed," Richardson explains. "You can`t physically get all of the shots in all of the life stages that you see unless you recreate them in some way. What happened was some things were done in studio with turtles that were rescued and about to be rehabilitated. The purpose is to tell the whole story as fully as possible without being unnecessarily intrusive."

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Award-winning filmmaker Nick Stringer follows the loggerhead turtle on an adventure of more than 9,000 miles. Stringer and his camera crew spent two years following loggerhead turtles on their trips across the ocean, and have captured on film the remarkable life cycle of a beautiful creature that struggles to survive in an increasingly unforgiving environment.

The underwater photography is outstanding: the close-up shots of the turtle`s eyes seem to give us insight into her thoughts, and the close-ups of our loggerhead turtle as she catches her prey make it feel as if we are actually under the sea with her.

Richardson was a natural to be the narrator as she is an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund, so she is very hot on conservation.

"Conservation of species, which is what WWF stands for, does not necessarily mean animal welfare," she says. "It means all species, including us and the integration of species. But the big thing is bio-diversity and how necessary it is and how we are messing up. So that has to be a part of this movie. It is important that kids see what has to be avoided for the success of any species, but in this instance, the loggerhead turtle for it to survive and, ultimately, for all of us to make it in this world."

Turtle: The Incredible Journey opens today in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando. Produced by Sam Taylor, Mike Downey and Sarah Cunliffe, the film was released by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and Hannover House.

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