The Day the Sea Changed

The industrialisation that took place in the oceans in the last century is a reflection of events on land. Industrial fishing, habitat destruction, loss of species and pollution have put the oceans at risk. The nature of the oceans is being irretrievably changed.

"Blue" is a provocative journey into the realm of the oceans and documents the critical state in which the marine world currently finds itself.

"Blue" convinced our film jury all along the line. The film shows with beautiful, sensual scenes, at the same time in a very brutal way, comprehensively the problems with which the oceans are confronted today.

It is particularly impressive how the documentary manages the balancing act between seriously researched, factual content and aesthetic, partly poetic stylistic tools.

"Blue" awakens appreciation for other living beings and has the potential to influence our future actions.

Director(s): Karina Holden
Script: Karina Holden
Production: Karina Holden, Sarah Beard, Sue Clothier, Northern Pictures
Music: Ash Gibson Greig
Actors: Jennifer Lavers, Madison Stewart, Lucas Handley, Mark Dia, Phillip Mango, Tim Silverwood, Valerie Taylor
Year: 2017
Duration: 73 min
Our age recommendation: 14
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: Australia
Shooting Locations: Australia, Indonesia, United States, Philippines
Screening rights: Transmission Films (Australia) | Blue The Film ()

Further reviews


Main topic(s): Oceans
Secondary topics: biodiversity meat climate plastic overfishing health
Mentions: coral reefs sharks turtles fish marine sculpture pollution Lombok Mindanao Cape York Lord Howe Coral Sea ghostnets tuna seabirds seals seals surfing waste coral bleaching coral death coal humpback whale marine sanctuary


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Entertainment value

Scientific & journalistic quality

Transfer of a momentum

Picture, music, craftsmanship

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