Based on the 2001 novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi is a unique and visually stunning fable about a boys unlikely friendship with a Bengal Tiger after both surviving a shipwreck which kills the boys parents. The two float across the ocean, and to protect himself from the fearsome tiger, Pi rocks the boat and plays a whistle to make Richard Parker feel seasick.
When the book was released it was critically acclaimed and also described as completely unfilmable. Director Ang Lee, famous for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, spent over 4 years working to bring the story to the screen and has said how relieved he is that the film is finally completed.
The film stars Suraj Sharma, a completely unknown actor, who had never been in front of the camera before Life of Pi. Ang Lee discovered Sharma from a group of 3000 actors at an open audition in India. He says taking on the role of 'Pi' in his first movie was daunting, exhausting, bewildering and exciting and it has inspired him to develop a career in acting.
Filmed in 3D, Life of Pi has been described as 'unforgettably gorgeous' (Empire), 'a fabulously beautiful -- and faithful -- vision of Martel's novel' (The List) and 'a simple, thrilling and gently uplifting tale' (Total Film)
The film opens this Thursday with tickets available now for both 2D and 3D showings. Tickets are also available from the box office and by phone on 0871 902 5737