Ocean films make a splash

Therese ColmanAugusta Margaret River Times

The annual Ocean Film Festival will arrive in Margaret River on Monday, showcasing two hours of footage exploring the world’s most captivating oceans.

Nine short films will be shown at the Cultural Centre on Monday as part of the festival’s world tour.

Festival director Jemima Robinson said the films showcased the raw power, overflowing passion and deep respect filmmakers had for the ocean.

“These films are made by surfers, divers, sailors and swimmers who feel compelled to share their connection to the water with us,” Ms Robinson said.

“Through two hours of deep-water spear-fishing, big-wave riding, cross-ocean rowing and sailing a backyard hobby yacht from England to Auckland, we realise that this love we have for the ocean — as Australians — is a global and fundamentally human emotion.”

Arts Margaret River marketing manager Steph Kreutzer said it was the Cultural Centre’s third year screening the festival.

“Heaps of people look forward to this screening every year and many travel a fair distance to attend,” she said.

“The movies are inspiring and uplifting and everyone comes out of the theatre buzzing and in awe. Tickets sold out last year so you will need to prebook.”

The event starts at 7pm and tickets can be purchased at artsmargaretriver.com or by calling 9758 7316.

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