Ocean adventures on screen

THE popular Banff Mountain Ocean Film Festival returns in September and October with dates at many local theatres, continuing at Wimborne Tivoli Theatre on 18th, Exeter Corn Exchange from 19th to 21st and Salisbury City Hall on 24th.

October dates are at the Regent Centre, Christchurch on 2nd and 17th October, Weymouth Pavilion on 8th, Bristol Victoria Rooms on 12th and Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on 18th .

From wild Arctic waters to Mexico’s spectacular sinkholes, this collection of new, short, ocean-themed films will take audiences on an enthralling journey to some of the least-explored depths of the planet. As well as dramatic footage of remarkable marine life, the films also include some of the characters who have dedicated their lives to the big blue.

“From surfers to fisherman, and marine scientists to artists, these films feature fascinating characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea’s salt spray,” says tour director Nell Teasdale.

Highlights of this year’s Ocean Film Festival include:

A Peace Within – Philip Gray is known as an extreme artist, but painting underwater is his biggest challenge yet! This film follows the artist as he ventures below the surface to paint Mexico’s astounding clear-water subterranean pools, viewed by the ancient Mayans as gateways to the afterlife.

Surfer Dan – Sun, sea and sand typically come to mind when you think about surfing, but this is not your typical surfing film. Landlocked ocean-lover Dan Schetter lives on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan where, in winter, strong winds across the water create deadly currents, icebergs and… waves. Known for being the crazy guy with an icy beard who catches waves in January, this is Dan’s story.

I am Fragile – This film showcases the spectacular landscapes and wildlife of the remote Arctic, creating a lasting visual message that will inspire all who watch it to protect this wild yet fragile region. Shot across 6,000km, from West Greenland to Canada, this is a love letter to the frozen north.

Pictured: Stills from I Am Fragile, A Peace Within, and Surface.