NHA News Release: July 12, 2016

In the Heart of the Sea Film Screening at the Whaling Museum in July and August

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is thrilled to announce two screenings of Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard’s film In the Heart of the Sea, a film adaptation of Nantucket author Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 and Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 6 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

“After working with the Warner Bros.team throughout the filming process, and then hosting Ron Howard and the In the Heart of the Sea cast right here at the Whaling Museum in October 2014, it is an honor to present these screenings to local viewers,” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Sacerdote Chair of Outreach and Education. “The NHA seeks to share the stories of Nantucket with visitors young and old, and this newest film adaptation of the Essex tragedy brings the island to a global audience.”

The story of Ron Howard’s Hollywood adaptation In the Heart of the Sea explores the tale of the ill-fated Nantucket whaleship Essex which was stove by a whale in the Pacific Ocean in 1820, and later inspired Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick.

This film stars Chris Hemsworth (Marvel’s The Avengers, Rush) as the Essex’s first mate Owen Chase, Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as Captain George Pollard, Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises) as second mate Matthew Joy, and Ben Wishaw (Skyfall) as novelist Herman Melville. Tom Holland (The Impossible) also stars as the young cabin boy Thomas Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I) as the same man, thirty years later.

Tickets for this screening are $10 per person. Advanced registration is recommended at www.nha.org/tickets.

Event Information:
In the Heart of the Sea Film Screening
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street