A Plastic Ocean
2017 · Unrated · 1h 40m
A Plastic Ocean is a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue. In A Plastic Ocean, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface our seemingly pristine ocean.
The result will astound viewers – just as it did our adventurers, who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health. During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better.
About the Filmmakers
A Plastic Ocean was produced by Plastic Oceans Ltd. and directed by Craig Leeson. Find out more about the film at plasticoceans.org.
“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.” – David Jones. “Film review: A Plastic Ocean shows us a world awash with rubbish.” Theconversation.com. 22 Mar 2017
“While the film’s chief concern is with the impact our over-dependence on plastic is causing for the oceans, it naturally deals with the other repercussions that go hand-in-hand with it, notably the impact on developing countries’ ability to deal with such an enormous (and relatively new) amount of durable waste. Leeson’s team take us from the endless landfills surrounding the Philippines’ capital city, Manila, to the once idyllic lagoons of Tuvalu, some of which are now virtually drowning in plastic. For lack of a better solution, the plastic in these places is either edged to the sea causing irreversible damage to the ocean; or burnt on-site, causing irreversible harm to the inhabitants.” – Paul Grelon. “Review: A Plastic Ocean.” Ecozine.com. 9 Nov 2016
“I highly recommend watching this film…it truly is an eye-opener to the problems we have and how we can fix them. No matter how sad it makes us feel, it also makes us inspired to be the change and help provide a healthy ocean for the next.” – Ally. “‘A Plastic Ocean‘ Review.” Savethemermaids.org. 5 Mar 2017
“It makes you feel better, and films like this help change people’s lives.” – Variety
“Equal parts insightful, frightful, and cautiously hopeful, this documentary is a must-see.” – One Room With a View
“A strong sense that the scale of the human enterprise and the size of our planet have become, for the first time, fundamentally mismatched is pervasive throughout the film.” – Lancet
“This movie is amazing; the filmmaker did a wonderful job capturing the issue in an informative, interesting beautiful way. And there was hope at the end. I was engrossed, which I can’t say about a lot of movies and it really made me open my eyes and start to make real change about our plastic use in our home.” – Kyle, Amazon
“The title says it. We have one ocean, on Earth everything is connected. This is an overwhelming movie because it’s an overwhelming problem. Hang in there. There are some amazing scientific inventions shown towards the end of the film. Many of the facts are not going to be new to most of you. I watched it with my husband who doesn’t usually pay as much attention to pollution like I do. Once you know, you cannot un-know! Now my husband knows and that’s exactly what A Plastic Ocean must have set out to do. We will never see birds the same again!” – Mary Frost, Amazon