The Ocean Film Festival is currently touring the UK! It’s coming to Bristol again this Saturday and I’ll be volunteering in the Ocean Crew. I can’t wait to be involved, it’s always such a great night. The films this year look amazing, here’s a run down of the line up:
Filmmaker: Keith Malloy
To some, the ocean is a fearsome place. But to others, it’s a limitless world of fun, freedom and opportunity where life can be lived to the full. Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. From surfers and spear fishers to a long-distance swimmer, a former coal miner and a group of at-risk kids, it’s a film about the transformative effects of time spent in the ocean – and how we can leave our limitations behind to find deeper meaning in the salt-water wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.
Produced by: Guillaume Néry
Lying 50 metres below the surface, Haven is the largest shipwreck in the Mediterranean. Any journey down to the magnificent vessel is haunting and fascinating, but this expedition is even more captivating as it’s made by freedivers, including four-time world freediving champion Guillaume Néry, battling extreme depths, poor visibility and dangerous currents as they explore the wreck without supplementary oxygen.
Produced by: Erick Higuera
The Legacy takes us to a remote archipelago in Mexico, where words like ‘abundance’,‘thriving,’ and ‘perfect and healthy populations’ are still being used to describe the marine environment. A spell-binding setting where even the majestic Giant Pacific Mantaray can flourish, the Revillagigedo Islands are evidence that the ocean’s biodiversity, and our hope, is not yet lost.
Produced by: Nicholas Edwards
The vessel is Infinity: a 120-foot nomadic sailing boat, built by hand in the 1970s, with no reinforced hull to protect her from ice damage. The crew is a band of free-spirited dissidents, with no permits, no insurance and no budget. During the iciest year on record in the Southern Ocean, Infinity and her 16-strong crew leave New Zealand to travel 8,000 miles across the Pacific to Patagonia – via Antarctica. This is a story about sailing, the camaraderie of a shared struggle and the raw, awe-inspiring power of the natural world. And it’s a glimpse into a lifestyle beyond the norm.
STAY WITH US
Produced by: Dustin Adamson
The search for extra-terrestrial life has always fascinated humans, as we look to the darkness above and imagine what sort of alien beings share our universe. Stay With Us suggests that maybe we’ve been looking in the wrong place – and introduces creatures far stranger than those we can dream up for sci-fi films…
Produced by: Tess Brosnan
Sitting high on a rugged hilltop looking out over New Zealand’s Cook Strait, an unusual team of ‘citizen scientists’ keeps watch for migrating humpback whales. They’re spotting for the Cook Strait Whale Count – a study into the recovery of New Zealand’s humpback population since the end of New Zealand whaling in 1964. These volunteers are uniquely skilled in watching whales: not only are they descendants of New Zealand’s 200-year history of whaling, they were all once whalers themselves…