Published: 31/08/2017 15:38 - Updated: 07/09/2017 16:37

Ocean Film Festival

From the film Fish People, Keith Malloy and Scott Soens.
Fish people two heads
THE annual Ocean Film Festival returns to Eden Court on Saturday, September 16 with a collection of short films to dive into celebrating divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers and offering a unique set of views from above and below the surface of the water.
The festival originally started in Australia to encourage people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect ther oceans.
Later the Ocean Film Festival World Tour started sharing the films from around the world with other countries including the UK.

This year the Ocean Film Festival provides over two hours of what the organisers see as the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from the world's independent film-makers.

The films are:

fish people surf
Fish People.


46 minutes, 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 spearfishers 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 saltwater wilderness that lies just beyond the shore.

Brock Deem
Ocean Film Festival Picture: Brock Deem


5 minutes, 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.

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Mantarays in The Legacy.

The Legacy

5 minutes, Produced by: Erick Higuera 

The Legacy takes us to a remote archipelago in Mexico, where words like abundance, thriving and perfect and healthy population’ 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.

Ocean Rubbish

3 minutes, Produced by: David Day/ ABC Open

David Day is an artist from Queensland who, on walks along the beach with his son, was inspired not just to pick up rubbish they found washed up on the shore, but to do something meaningful with it. He now makes colourful yet surprisingly life-like models of all sorts of marine life, turning worthless junk into objects of beauty, and raising awareness of the ever-growing problem of plastic in our oceans.
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The Sea Gypsies.

Sea Gypsies

48 minutesProduced 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.

Stay With Us

5 minutes, 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.


Whale Chasers.


Whale Chasers

17 minutesProduced 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.

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