What starts off as an adventure to film the blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, leads to the shocking discovery of a thick layer of plastic debris floating in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Craig, alongside Tanya Streeter, a world record-breaking free diver and environmental activist, then travel across the globe to report on the havoc caused by decades of plastic use.
The film presents beautiful shots of the marine environment. This contrasts with footage of heavily polluted cities and dumps full of plastic rubbish. The juxtaposition between these images sends the message that our actions and choices can severely impact the planet. Throughout the film, experts are interviewed to provide further insight into some of the problems derived from plastic.
Dir: Craig Leeson, 2016, 1
Stars: David Attenborough, Sylvia Earle, Craig Leeson
The screening of A Plastic Ocean is organised by REAP (Roundhay Environmental Action Project). “REAP is working to minimise plastic use – particularly of single-use items”