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Blue
Blue “Take a journey beneath the ocean
  to experience shocking discoveries
  destroying life on Earth; understand
  the danger of ignoring how vital it is to
  care for the seas that, unless humans
  take heed, may contain more plastic
  than fish by 2050 — a stark warning
  to Mankind in the hard-hitting, must-see
  documentary Blue...”


IGNORE THE WARNING AT YOUR PERIL. You are about to face the harsh reality of how human carelessness affects the future of planet Earth. The reality lurks beneath the waves, where a shocking fifty per cent of marine life has been lost for ever over the last forty years.

Magnificently shot, the powerful documentary Blue is brought to the screen by renowned filmmaker Karina Holden (Magical Land of Oz). The presenters pull no punches to reveal the dire effects on the world of careless disposal of rubbish, especially plastic.

Blue is wake-up call
to open your eyes to the
state of our precious
planet at the hands
of humans;
a breathtakingly beautiful
yet shamefully scary
statement of our neglect
of the amazing Mother
Earth, that can be our
safe and precious home
for centuries to come —
but only if we
heed the warning...”
With half of all marine life lost in nearly half a century, by 2050 plastic could outnumber fish. We need to prevent our world becoming no longer fit for purpose by looking at the way we dispose of our rubbish and produce goods we cannot recycle.

Bearing witness to a marine world on the brink of disaster, Blue follows passionate and dedicated guardians of the ocean, as they travel the world inspiring people to support their work and protect our planet.

Coastal development, pollution, disappearing habitats and industrial-scale fishing are changing the ocean in ways we can only imagine. Marine life is in danger; sharks killed just for their fins and disturbing images of sea creatures caught in nets: turtles, seals and dolphins.

In Lombok, Indonesia, poor fishermen push out the boundaries of the law to over-fish in order to feed their families. Seventy-three million sharks are killed every year, most in Indonesia.

Half the catches in Mindanao in the Philippines are from illegal waters. Huge nets snare entire schools of fish, including juveniles who have not yet reproduced, affecting re-stocking of the seas.

In Cape York in the north of Australia, a continent where Aboriginal people have lived off the land and the sea for thousands of years, discarded fishermen's nets from far away lands are washed up onto the beach, pointlessly ensnaring and killing.

One million sea creatures die each year by eating a toxic diet of plastic. The threatened sea birds at Lord Howe Island, South Pacific, are unknowingly feeding an alarming amount of plastic to their chicks and in Hawaii, a once-beautiful beach is no longer a paradise but is littered with rubbish. Plastic is trapping crabs.

In the Coral Sea of Australia, 82-year-old celebrated marine conservationist Valerie Taylor campaigns tirelessly. One of the first to dive with sharks, she has seen much change in her lifetime and understands that the ocean is the mother of all life on this planet.

We can save the sea and the life it supports but we must act now. No longer a place of limitless resources, it has become a dumping ground mirroring events that triggered mass extinctions on land.

When we throw away what we don't want, there are far-reaching consequences. Our responsibility to Earth is to act now, or it will be too late to leave a creditable legacy for future generations.

What lies beneath? Blue is a wake-up call to open your eyes to the state of our precious planet at the hands of humans; a breathtakingly beautiful yet shamefully scary statement of our neglect of the amazing Mother Earth, that can be our safe and precious home for centuries to come — but only if we heed the warning…

The haunting Original Music Score is by Ash Gibsen Greig; Director of Photography is Jody Muston; Underwater Photography is by Jon Shaw; Blue is Written and Directed by Karen Holden, who is a Producer along with Sara Beard and Sue Clothier.

* Following a theatrical run, Blue is now on UK digital VOD platforms (from 29 April 2019) and the DVD is released in the UK from Sparky Pictures on 1 July 2019. Catalogue Number: Sparky1001 | RRP: £15.99.

"Blue is wake-up call to open your eyes to the state of our precious planet at the hands of humans; a breathtakingly beautiful yet shamefully scary statement of our neglect of the amazing Mother Earth, that can be our safe and precious home for centuries to come — but only if we heed the warning…" **** — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"A fascinating and important story that needs to be told, the documentary Blue is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful. See this film and you will want to rise up with the waves" — Greenpeace, Australia

"An important reminder of the fragility of our planet's environment" ****The Australian

THE DEDICATED GUARDIANS OF THE OCEAN

Karina Holden, Head of Factual at Northern Pictures, who is passionate about protecting nature and has a Postgraduate degree in Conservation Biology

Lucas Handley is a marine biologist, underwater photographer and free-dive instructor who is working to promote a global approach to ecologically sustainable development

Underwater filmmaker Madison Stewart (aka 'Shark Girl' from Rob Stewart's Sharkwater Extinction), who at sixteen decided to dedicate her life to the protection and preservation of sharks

Philip Mango who runs Nanum Wungthim Rangers, rescuing injured marine life and removing ghost nets from the coastline

Research scientist and marine eco-toxicologist Dr Jennifer Lavis, who works at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania

Surfer, environmentalist, plastics campaigner, and sustainability advocate Tim Silverwood who is involved with scientific exploration, advocacy and activism

Regional Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace South East Asia Mark Dia, who has uncovered illegal fishing practices, corruption and labour abuses within the seafood industry

Valerie Taylor, who has been diving for more than sixty years and remembers seas bursting with life. Valerie and her late husband, shark protection pioneer Ron Taylor, are responsible for stunning marine documentaries and were the first to film great white sharks without a cage. They worked on countless shark films, including Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and Valerie has carried out impressive conversation work in Australia and around the world.
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