International Ocean film festival comes to Britain - Halong Junk Cruises

International Ocean film festival comes to Britain

The wonders of the world’s oceans will be on show in venues all over Britain in September and October at the International Ocean film festival. Originally from Australia, the festival features a selection of 11 of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films, put together into a two-hour evening of divers, surfers, swimmers and sea creatures. To whet your appetite, check out stills from a selection of the films. The festival starts on 4 September in Truro, Cornwall, and will tour 17 towns and cities until 30 October. For tickets, times and venues see

Duct Tape Surfing

Duct tape surfing

Eighteen years ago, a car accident left Pascale Honore paralysed from the waist down. Fascinated by the ocean, Pascale dreamed of being able to surf. With the help of a roll of duct tape and Tyron Swan, a friend of her son who is a big wave surfer and professional diver, her dream eventually became a reality.

Haenyeo: Women of The Sea

Free diving haenyeo grandmother

For centuries, haenyeo, female divers, have collected seafood off Jeju island, in South Korea, without the use of scuba equipment. This film documents the triumphs, trials and harsh realities of everyday life for this brave group of women.

Sportlife Saga: Water

Free diver Guillame Nevy

Follow world champion free-diver Guillaume Néry deep beneath the sea as he transforms the sport of free-diving into an art. The world-record holder reaches depths of more than 100m and can stay below the surface for more than seven minutes at a time.

Till The Luck Runs Dry

Large scale beach drawing, Cornwall

Shot at a picturesque headland on the north coast of Cornwall, this short film follows Tony on a winter’s day as he creates one of his large scale beach drawings on the sand.

The Giant & The Fisherman

Whale shark

Rather than hunting them for their fins, the fishermen working in the bay of Cenderawasih in West Papua, Indonesia, believe whale sharks are a symbol of good luck. This film made tells the remarkable tale of the symbiotic relationship between the fishermen and these incredible creatures, the world’s largest fish.



Discover the science behind what makes the perfect wave as you witness some of surfing’s greatest talents take on monster swells at Shipstern’s Bluff, about 30km off Tasmania’s south coast, in this exclusive edit of the multi-award winning surf documentary Immersion.

Variables with Kimi Werner

Variables with Kim Warner

Free diver and spear fisher Kimi Werner grew up on Maui, Hawaii’s second-largest island. This film follows Kimi as she talks about why she free dives and hunts – and her most intense underwater experience so far: swimming with a great white shark.

And Then We Swam

And then we swam

In May 2010, two friends set off to row across the Indian Ocean in a secondhand boat. Having no rowing experience, they signed up for an organised race – only to find that a lack of entrants meant that there would be no support boat. After 116 gruelling days at sea, the duo was within 8km of the finishing line when disaster struck.

People Under the Sea

People Under The Sea

By placing 400 statues on the seabed of the Caribbean off the coast of Mexico, artist Jason Taylor was able to combine his two lifelong passions: scuba diving and sculpture. This film captures his journey as he transforms the seafloor into a huge underwater museum for visitors to explore while diving, or admire from the surface with a mask.

Alive: Out of Air

Alive: Out of Air

On an expedition to the Arctic, filmmaker Adam Ravetch took a decision which very nearly cost him his life. Finding himself trapped under a thick sheet of ice with very little air left to breathe, he talks about how it felt in those moments as he searched desperately for a hole in the ice to emerge from.

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