After completing Blue, I've been working hard to roll out The Underwater Academy across Australia. While not turning my back on film by any means (another exciting project is in the mix), I've dedicated the next few years to creating an academy that teaches people the skills they need to live a life in our oceans. Combining 20 years of practical experience, and the knowledge of our collective world class free divers, I will be rolling out an education facility that caters for every level. I invite you to join us at:
"In front of, and behind the lens, the mission still lies in uncovering the unexplored, and opening the minds of people to this beautiful earth"
Collaborating with Northern Pictures on a 'state of the marine environment' style documentary, the experiences of a freediver and marine scientist meld with the stunning yet shocking visuals of our changing oceans. Blue released at Film Festivals around the globe, taking home a swag of awards. First screening at the United Nations conference on the oceans and later, going to cinema in Australia and film festivals globally, it's impact could be felt reverberating through everyday social discourse. Throwing weight behind plastics policy, adding an ever increasing voice to the climate debate, throwing into light much of our global fishing activities; Blue was hailed and continues to be described as a massive success for the worlds oceans.
Without giving too much away, the film focuses on real-time climatic and socially driven changes. A number of key ocean people guide the catalyst of change by bringing the viewers into their world. For me, it was especially important to be working with such incredible people to drive awareness and lobby for change. The confronting issues tackled in the film will have long and hard fights to overcome in the future.
Official Trailer: Yes, that is my voice over!
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More recently Great Australian Bites took a dive into the relationship between humans and sharks off the coast of Western Australia. The five short films were tied together with some interviews that debated our need for intervention or acceptance of the current state of affairs. The show opened Shark Week 2017 with yours truly hosting.
Working along side Jon Shaw, from Gin Clear Films, and with editor-in-chief Hadassa Haack, we set our sites on creating an emotive and personal short film for Mercedes Benz Magazine about the possibilities of body language with the gentle giants of the ocean.
For me, it was one of the most touching and surreal experiences of my life, and the project itself held special significance with what I personally try to achieve. I hope that when you watch the film, you see that the animals of the oceans aren't that different to us in many ways. The ability to communicate on a basic level exists, and the more we work at breaking down the barriers that people put up between themselves and our environment, the more likely we are to be able to look after it, well into the future.
CHANGE FOR CHILDREN
Working with the crew from Scuba for Change has been an incredible experience, and to have put this quick film together, was like being a part of a vision becoming a reality. We have had an incredible amount of support from people like the featured Surf Life Saving Victoria and from sponsors such as Oceanic. The on ground effects are what this organisation is all about, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay at Aninuan, Phillipines, where the dive centre is situated.
SOLOMON ISLANDS CARVINGS
To assist in raising funds for additional projects within the Scuba For Change movement, we are organising a charity event in Melbourne Australia (www.scubaforchange.com). As part of this event, I am donating a number of my personal works to be auctioned on the night. It would be lovely to see you at the event, however, if you cannot attend and would still like to contribute to the cause, please do not hesitate to make contact.