Blue ocean documentary highlights world crisis

An emotional new documentary highlighting the crisis of our oceans is having a special screening in Merimbula this weekend.

The screening of Blue at the Picture Show Man will also have an accompanying Q&A session with director Karina Holden, editor Vanessa Milton and a panel of local conservationists.

The special showing of Blue and Q&A session is this Sunday, November 5, from 2.30pm and tickets can be booked in advance.

From space, our planet appears as a tiny blue dot in the vast darkness. Blue, because 99 per cent of all living space on Earth occurs in the ocean.

However, the world's oceans are in steep decline. Fifty per cent of the world's marine life has disappeared in the last 40 years, and it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.

“Blue comes at a time when we are making critical decisions, which will decide the legacy we leave for generations to come,” documentary director Ms Holden said.

“Australia has the opportunity to be seen as a marine conservation leader. We have the greatest tropical reefs and potentially the biggest network of marine sanctuaries on the planet.

“Ninety per cent of the creatures here occur nowhere else in the world. But we are also the second largest waste producer in the world, per capita.”

The documentary had its international premiere screening for the UN General Assembly before release in Australian capital city cinemas as well as international film festivals.

Now the film is set to open this week at The Picture Show Man in Merimbula.

Photo by Matt Chauvin. Photo taken under NOAA/NMFS permit no. 16632

Photo by Matt Chauvin. Photo taken under NOAA/NMFS permit no. 16632

“I'm very excited to be bringing Blue to the NSW Far South Coast, a spectacular part of Australia's coastline, with a community that is very active in the fight to preserve marine ecosystems,” Ms Holden said.

In exciting news for the team behind the documentary, it has just been nominated for prestigious AACTA awards (Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts) across four categories.

Blue has been named as a finalist for best cinematography (Jody Muston and Jon Shaw), best editing (Vanessa Milton), best sound (David White, Dan Miau, Sarah Henty) and best original score (Ash Gibson Greig).

Winners will be announced on December 6.