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2023 FILM PROGRAMME

£10

Witness inspirational ocean films from above and below the surface! The 2023 Ocean Film Festival features a storm-chasing windsurfer, killer whale spotting in Scotland, dog surfing in Australia, cold-water swimming and much more!

Available to watch for 3 days after purchase

TICKET INFO

  • The 2023 Ocean FIlm Programme films are available to watch for 3 day viewing period window from date of purchase.

  • Only available to watch in the UK & Ireland.

  • Single viewing passes £10  

  • ​Includes access to bonus content and interactive virtual foyer.

  • Note the Ocean Film Programme films were shown on the Ocean Film Festival UK & Ireland Theatre Tour in 2023.

 

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2023 OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

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THE STORM CHASER

7 minutes

Big wave windsurfer Thomas Traversa thrives in the most violent weather conditions, harnessing the power of storms to push the boundaries of his sport. But for Thomas, riding in the eye of a storm isn’t about personal achievement – it’s a chance to immerse himself in the elements at their rawest. The Storm Chaser is a genre-blurring short film about the profound encounters between humans and nature at its extremes. 

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BLUETITS       

11 minutes

When Sian Richardson went for a cold-water dip in Pembrokeshire in 2014, she never dreamt she’d inspire an international movement. Sian went on to form the beloved swimming group Bluetits, which now has around 100,000 participants worldwide. A journey of self-discovery and joie de vivre, Bluetits is a heartwarming celebration of chilly older women and the community that brings them together.

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BROKEN BREATH 

25 minutes (subtitled)

Broken Breath follows Italian free-diving champion Mike Maric, who was at the top of his sport when a tragic accident left his world shattered. Mike went from being able to hold his breath for over five minutes, to being unable to hold it for 10 seconds. From swimming with dolphins to self-discovery, this film shares a journey of how the ocean can be an opportunity to find rebirth.

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HYPNOTISE        

4 minutes

Hypnotise captures the relationship between the wreck of an Australian Navy ship and the marine life that embodies it. The ex-HMAS Brisbane is now a 130-metre artificial reef that is home to over 200 species of fish. Beautifully shot beneath the waves of Australia’s Sunshine Coast, this short film is an underwater celebration of the old and the new.

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SALTY SEA DOGS: SPIKE    

8 minutes

From rescue dog to Australian dog surf champion – meet Spike the surfing dog! Spike was adopted by lifelong surfer Rob Lorenzo, and despite having never seen the sea before, expressed a keen interest to get involved with his new owner’s hobby. With a natural talent for riding the waves, Spike went on to become a national surfing star, and is proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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TRULUCK 

22 minutes

Steve Truluck is a part-time window cleaner and a full-time wildlife enthusiast. A surprise encounter with a humpback whale inspired him to drop his career and focus on his passion: helping people connect with whales and dolphins. Steve is now known as one of the UK’s best whale watching guides, with an unusual talent for finding killer whales. This uplifting film celebrates the life-changing moments that encounters with these incredible animals can bring.

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TWO KINDS OF WATER

21 minutes (subtitled)

The 5,500km coastline of West Africa is home to some of the most diverse and dangerous fishing in the world. Skills are handed down from generation to generation, with fishermen putting their lives at risk every time they leave the shore. On the north coast of Senegal (a country whose name means ‘our boat’), fisherman Ishmaila Mbaye and his wife, Koumba, tell the story of these vulnerable fishing communities through poetic voices and lyrical journeys. 

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THE CUSTODIANS  

17 minutes

Meet the Scots who are restoring their local waters, one seagrass bed at a time. Commercial overfishing and bottom trawling have turned Scotland’s once-thriving west coast waters into sparse, lifeless deserts. The Custodians follows the work of four locals who are reclaiming their natural coastlines, restoring wildlife, creating sustainable industries and showing us how we can work with, not against, our ocean.

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KAYAKING THE ALEUTIONS

UK

36 minutes

Labelled as one of the greatest, as yet undone, technical sea kayak expedition in the world, British explorers Justine Curgenven and Sarah Outen set out to paddle 2,500km along the Aleutian chain of islands in Alaska. Alone for 101 days and at the mercy of one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, the two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and this harsh yet beautiful landscape. These adventurers will need all of their strength and determination just to survive this treacherous expedition.

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THE ACCORD

Iceland

18 minutes

Being a surfer in Iceland is an experience unique from anywhere else in the world. The Icelandic landscape is at once breath-taking, but also harsh and unforgiving for the tiny surfing community that inhabit the island. Follow Heiðar Logi Elíasson, Iceland’s first and only professional surfer, on his journey through Iceland’s magnificent terrain depicting the turbulent relationship between an Icelandic surfer and the North Atlantic wind. 

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OCEAN MINDED - WORLD PREMIERE

Filmmaker: Emil Sergel
24 minutes

Oceanminded follows champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo along the coast of South Africa and Mozambique. Her underwater journey takes her into the realm of Blacktip Reef Sharks, Blue
Sharks, Dolphins and Mako Sharks. You will be in awe as these often feared creatures are portrayed in a very different light, one of beauty and respect. It´s an adventure full of risks
and passions - on one breath!

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STAY WITH US

USA
5 minutes

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…

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OCEAN RUBBISH

Australia

3 minutes

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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TOUCHED BY THE OCEAN

30 minutes

Latvian friends Karlis and Gints have no rowing experience, a second-hand rowing boat and a grand plan: to become the first team ever to row across the South Atlantic Ocean, from Namibia to Brazil. Touched by the Ocean joins them on a raucous 6,000km journey of adventure, dedication and friendship.

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