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BLUE: The Day The Sea Changed - Film Review

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by Kirsty (subscribe)
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Published October 3rd 2017
Journey into the ocean realm and become an ocean guardian
BLUE could be one of the most significant environmental movies of all time. It is a powerful and deeply moving cinematic journey that will take you into the ocean realm. The fate of our oceans and the majestic creatures that inhabit them will be determined by the people who are alive today. BLUE shows us there is a way forward and the time to act is now.

Featuring passionate ocean advocates, BLUE takes us into their world where we learn the reality of the oceans and we see footage which gives an insight from insiders, in a way that isn't normally seen. We hear the story through every-day people from around the world, who have one very obvious thing in common, they are passionate about their work, which is preserving the oceans.

Film director, Karina Holden, has lived all of her life by the ocean and has made many beautiful natural history films about the Great Barrier Reef and the Southern Ocean. She says "she struggled with the fact we were not allowed to talk about the decline of these habitats or species," because the focus was to give the audience a place to escape. But she could see wild places in decline and couldn't close her eyes and pretend it wasn't happening.

So she took on the challenge to take people on a journey showing the reality, in the hope that the audience might feel something and also to give them a sense of power, realizing they can influence what is happening on our planet. You don't need to be a scientist or environmental activist to help protect the ocean. But if you have ever enjoyed the playground it offers, the food it provides, adventure, or just the beauty and wonder that nature offers, then this is a must-see film.

The film was two years in the making and while it was in production, WWF released the Living Blue Planet report stating half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. The biggest coral bleaching event known threatened to wipe out 38% of reefs worldwide. And at the rate we are going, if nothing is done, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.

There is footage taken on location in Indonesia, the Philippines, Hawaii and Australia, which captures stories that best illustrate the critical issues such as the industrialisation of the fishing industry, habitat destruction and pollution.

The fishing industry is exposed, not only highlighting sustainability concerns, but also social issues which affect communities whose livelihood rely on the catch.

A surfer who has made a personal decision to clean plastic from his favourite surfing beach, will show you why he wants to inspire others to do the same.

While the cinematography in this film is majestic, it is also confronting as it takes you to the darker side and highlights that there an illusion of abundance in the oceans, but it's not quite what you may think. BLUE has informed and inspired, the most inspiring quote that I have taken with me was from Valerie Taylor. She was asked if she thought could one person could make a difference. Her response was definitive "One person can make a difference".

So why not take a friend or 10 to see this movie, you will be entertained while being informed. For screening locations, please find information here

You might even be inspired to take action. If you would like to find out what more you can do, or if you wish to become an #oceanguardian then check out the BLUE the film website or follow them on facebook.

BLUE, Karina Holden, day the sea changed
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