Ocean Film Festival comes to Exeter Corn Exchange

PUBLISHED: 16:41 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 30 August 2018

From the film Blue. Picture: Contributed

From the film Blue. Picture: Contributed

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Short films include stunning underwater footage, inspiring stories of adventure and bravery, and breathtaking big wave surfing

From the film Blue. Picture: ContributedFrom the film Blue. Picture: Contributed

Fans of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series, and anyone fascinated and inspired by the sea, should set their course for Exeter on September 5 or October 3 for an evening of wonderful ocean-themed films at The Corn Exchange.

The Ocean Film Festival is touring the UK with a new selection of short films – some just 15 minutes – featuring seafaring adventurers and passionate campaigners for the protection of marine habitats, with footage shot both above and under the water.

Tour director Nell Teasdale said: “Through stunning cinematography and mesmerising storytelling, audiences can expect to be wowed by the

magic and mysteries of the world’s oceans, coming at you through the big screen!”

The Big Wave Project. Picture: Tim BonythonThe Big Wave Project. Picture: Tim Bonython

As well as the films, each screening will see a free prize giveaway to win ocean-related goodies.

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour began in Australia, with the aim of inspiring people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the oceans.

Among the films to be shown is the multi-award-winning Blue, featuring stunning underwater footage and introducing some of the people fighting to protect the marine environment and its wildlife.

Kiwi Breeze tells the story of London-based New Zealander Steve, who spends nine years building a 44-foot yacht in his back garden and then sails it back to his home country.

From the film Touched by the Ocean. Picture: ContributedFrom the film Touched by the Ocean. Picture: Contributed

The Big Wave Project follows a crew of surfers as they work together to attempt the feat of riding the world’s biggest wave. The film includes candid interviews about their very real fear of death, the humbling power of the ocean, and their feelings of personal glory.

Scarlet’s Tale is a documentary film that tells the incredible of story of the South African Achmat Hassiem, who lost his leg in a shark attack as he lured the Great White away from his brother, but bore no ill-will towards the creature. He became a champion paralympic swimmer, and also a campaigner for shark conservation; Scarlet is the name he gave his attacker, which he still sees in the water every summer.

Tickets are £15.50, £13.50 for over 60s and under 16s, or per person for groups of six or more. Doors open at 6.30, and the screening begins at 7.30.

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