– By Ashley Boreckyi
Blue has already been dubbed ‘the story our generation needs to hear’, and has been described as an ‘impassioned and achingly beautiful plea to save our oceans before it’s too late.’
The film leads the viewer beneath the waves to show us the slow-motion apocalypse taking place. From decaying reefs and overfishing, to sea life being destroyed by garbage, Blue avoids using pretty technicolor tropical images common in most ocean films. Instead it makes it clear human action is causing immense harm to the earth..
However the film is not without hope. Though the problem may seem insurmountable, Blue’s driving message is that it is not too late to make a change.
Karina Holden, the director of Blue, is a scientist and documentary-maker by trade, but this is her first foray onto the big screen. Holden was driven to make Blue because ‘more than ever we need scientists making films about how the world is, not the selective view that reinforces the delusion that all is perfect.’ She wanted to make a statement – to inspire people to act, which despite many of us knowing the facts, is sadly failing to happen.
In all its cinematic splendor, Blue emphasises the importance of the ocean, not just as a backdrop for human consumption and commercial priorities, but as an important ecosystem supporting the delicate lifecycles of hundreds of species. It highlights the chain reaction from the everyday choices we make and the devastating impact they have. For example, Australia is,the second largest waste producer, per person, in the world, with 50 million plastic bags entering the litter stream this year alone.
Designed not as a heavy-handed environmental propaganda film, but as an emotional narrative that promises to take the viewer on a transformative journey, Blue is sure to make a significant impact at this years’ festival, and beyond.
It is heartening to see quality submissions from passionate people making their way into MIFF. With her enthusiasm, knowledge and affinity with the natural world, Holden could very well be Australia’s answer to Louie Psihoyos.
The Melbourne International Film Festival is until the 20th of August at various venues around the city. Blue will be premiering on the 15th of August at Hoyts Cinema in Melbourne Central.