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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 April, 2003, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
Titanic survivor 'refuses' film invite
Ghosts of the Abyss
Cameron (left) has a fascination with the Titanic
A survivor of the Titanic disaster has turned down invitations to see James Cameron's 3D documentary about the shipwreck, according to reports.

Millvina Dean, 91, from Hampshire, England, does not want to see the film by Cameron, who directed blockbuster hit Titanic, as it would be "too distressing," according to The Guardian.

Ms Dean, who is one of only three people living of the 705 Titanic survivors, is quoted as saying: "I don't mind talking, but I don't want to see that film."

Ms Dean was nine weeks old when she escaped from the sinking ship with her mother and brother in 1912, despite difficulties in reaching the deck from their third-class accommodation.

But her father, who was taking them to start a new life in Kansas, was left behind and died along with 1,503 others.

She has been critical of the industry which emerged around the tragedy, which she says began when the wreck was found in 1985.

Divers explore the wreck
The film uses remote control underwater cameras
The 91-year-old has only seen one film based on the Titanic, A Night to Remember (1958) but said: "I really couldn't bear it, it was too distressing."

"It was terrible, I never wanted to see any of those films, and I don't want to see this one," she added.

Ghosts of the Abyss is being released to conicide with the 91st anniversary of the tragedy on Tuesday.

The 60-minute film explores the wreck of the ship using specially designed remote control cameras.

Apollo 13 actor Bill Paxton, who dives 2.5 miles to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean with crew, is the narrator.

The documentary is being shown in 3D at IMAX cinemas in London and Birmingham.

Cameron is also famed for writing and directing the blockbuster feature film Titanic in 1997.

The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, won a record 11 Oscars at the 1998 Academy Awards, becoming the most successful movie of all time.

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