2019 Ocean Film Festival Coming to a Theatre Near You This Autumn

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Freediver Chelsea Yamasee in action for the Ocean Film Festival (Photo: Travis Burke)

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is coming to UK and Irish shores this autumn with a brand new collection of spectacular ocean-themed films.

Visiting more than 35 locations, the event involves a selection of short films telling seafaring stories from both above and below the water’s surface. 'From surfers to fishermen, and marine scientists to artists, these films feature fascinating characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea’s salt spray,' says tour director Nell Teasdale. 'This is your chance to dip your toes into the wonders of the big blue – from the comfort of a cinema seat!'

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour originated in Australia, with the aim of inspiring people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the oceans, and this is the sixth year that it has toured the UK and Ireland. To find out more and book tickets for UK dates, visit www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk. You can also follow the tour on the Ocean Film Festival Facebook page, and also on Instagram @oceanfilmfestuk

Highlights From the 2019 Ocean Film Tour

A Peace Within

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Still image of Philip Gray painting in the cenotes (Photo: Ocean Film Festival/Supplied) 

'Philip Gray is known as an extreme artist, but painting underwater is his biggest challenge yet. The Peace Within joins Philip as he ventures below the surface to paint Mexico’s astounding cenotes – clear-water subterranean pools, viewed by the ancient Mayans as gateways to the afterlife.'

Surfer Dan

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Not your typical beach location, Surfer Dan enjoys a different type of surfing (Photo: TK Merrel/Ocean Film Festival)

'Sun, sea and sand typically come to mind when you think about surfing, but this is not your typical surfing film. Landlocked ocean-lover Dan Schetter lives on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan where, in winter, strong winds across the water create deadly currents, icebergs and… waves. Known for being the crazy guy with an icy beard who catches waves in January, this is Dan’s story.'


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The power of the ocean is a draw for many, including pro surfer Jamie Sterling (Photo: Ocean Film Festival/Supplied)

'This is a documentary with soul; a salty blend of stories by an eclectic assortment of people sharing tales of adventure, adrenaline, inspiration, love and loss and their relationship with the ocean. Emocean is a beautiful ride to countless coastal locations, from California, to Hawaii, to Australia and beyond.'

2019 UK and Ireland tour dates are:

  • 10 September Cheltenham, Town Hall
  • 10 September Dublin, National Concert Hall
  • 11 September Cork, Everyman Theatre
  • 11 September Porthcawl, Grand Pavilion
  • 12 September Bath, Komedia
  • 12 September Newtownabbey, Theatre at the Mill
  • 13 September Guildford, G Live
  • 14 September Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre
  • 14 September Edinburgh, Festival Theatre
  • 18 September Wimborne Minster, Tivoli Theatre
  • 18 September Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
  • 19 September Liverpool, Plaza Community Cinema
  • 19-21 September Exeter, Corn Exchange
  • 20 September Llandudno, Venue Cymru
  • 21 September Stockport, Plaza Cinema
  • 22 September Keswick, Theatre by the Lake
  • 23 September Inverness, Eden Court Theatre
  • 24 September Salisbury, City Hall
  • 25 September Birmingham, Crescent Theatre
  • 26 September York, Barbican
  • 27 September Leeds, Town Hall
  • 28 September Whitley Bay, Playhouse
  • 2 October Christchurch, Regent Centre
  • 3 October Portsmouth, The Kings Theatre
  • 4 October Reading, The Hexagon
  • 5 October Malvern, Forum Theatre
  • 8 October Weymouth, Weymouth Pavilion
  • 9-10 October Redruth, Regal Theatre
  • 12 October Bristol, Victoria Rooms
  • 14-19 October London, Union Chapel
  • 15 October Cardiff, St David’s Hall
  • 16 October Abingdon, Amey Theatre
  • 17 October Christchurch, Regent Centre
  • 18 October Poole, Lighthouse (Concert Hall)
  • 19 October Bristol, Victoria Rooms
  • 22 October Brighton, Brighton Dome
  • 23 October Dorking, Dorking Halls
  • 24 October Cambridge, Corn Exchange
  • 25 October Norwich, Lecture Theatre 1 (UEA)

(For more information about the tour in other countries hosting the festival, visit the international website at oceanfilmfestivalworldtour.com)




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