Sonic Sea

  • ACMI CINEMAS Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia

Dir. Michelle Dougherty, Daniel Hinerfeld | USA | 2016 | 56mins

Sonic Sea centres on Kenneth C. Balcomb III, a whale expert who discovers that underwater noises generated by the seismic exploration of oil mining, freight ships and effects of military sonar are having distressing effects on our marine life. The film tracks scientists worldwide who work towards reducing this harmful noise; re-affirming that the ocean’s destiny is one inextricably linked with our own. Narrated by Rachel McAdams the film features interviews with icons including Jean-Michel Cousteau and musician/activist Sting, who riffs on the melodic importance of sound. Written by Mark Monroe who continues on from his brilliant works The Cove and Racing Extinction, Sonic Sea features striking underwater cinematography and a haunting ambient score by Grammy-winning composer, Heitor Pereira. 

Sonic Sea’s incredible cinematography gets viewers up close and personal with the animals…it will arouse care and love for the world living unseen, beneath our oceans.
— Kelsey Leavitt, BYU Media Centre.

Winner: Jury Award – Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2016
Winner: John De Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award - Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2016
Winner: Environmental Award – San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival 2016
Winner: Stan Waterman Award – Princeton Environmental Film Festival 2016