Wednesday, 01 August 2018 13:54

Ocean Film Festival World Tour makes a splash this autumn

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The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for 2018, bringing an evening of inspirational ocean-themed films to more than 35 locations across the UK and Ireland in September and October.

This brand-new selection of films features seafaring adventurers rowing treacherous oceans, intrepid surfers riding the world’s biggest waves, and explores our planet’s spectacular hidden depths. 

Now in its fifth year, 2018’s UK Tour is the biggest yet – and it’s also first time the Tour has visited Ireland, with dates in Dublin and Cork. 

“We’re really excited that more people than ever before will be able to celebrate their love of the ocean with our largest Tour to date – and we’re especially excited to be extending the Tour to Ireland for the first time ever!”  says Tour Director Nell Teasdale. 

“Through stunning cinematography and mesmerising storytelling, audiences can expect to be wowed by the magic and mysteries of the world’s oceans… coming at you through the big screen!”

As well as thrilling films, each screening will see a free prize giveaway to win ocean-related goodies too. 

BLUE Lucas Handley with whales
BLUE - Lucas Handley with whales

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour began in Australia, with the aim of inspiring people to explore, respect, enjoy and protect the oceans. To find out more about the UK and Ireland Tour, watch the trailer and book tickets, visit 

Highlights from the 2018 Ocean Film Tour include: 

Kiwi Breeze Steve is not your average Londoner. For a start he’s a Kiwi, and instead of wallpaper his house is decorated with charts and plans. He has also been building a 44ft yacht in his back garden, and after nine years of toil, it’s finally ready to set sail. The first obstacle, however, is how to get the steel vessel from the backyard of a small, suburban street to the London docks.

Kiwi Breeze tells the inspirational story of Steve’s 24,000km voyage home to New Zealand… and his determination to achieve his dream.

Touched by the Ocean Latvian friends Karlis and Gints have a second-hand rowing boat, no rowing experience and a grand plan: to become the first team ever to row across the South Atlantic Ocean, from Namibia to Brazil. Touched by the Ocean joins them on a raucous tale of adventure, dedication and friendship.

From the film Touched by the Ocean 1

From the film Touched by the Ocean

The Big Wave Project Five years in the making, The Big Wave Project follows a tight-knit crew of leading big wave surfers as they work together to attempt a goal that drills into the core passion of surfing: riding the world’s biggest wave. Hear candid, no-holds-barred accounts of the real fear of death, the humbling power of the ocean, and of ultimate personal glory.
To find out more about the festival, watch the trailer and book tickets, visit

Mick Corbett photo TimBonython
Mick Corbett: photo TimBonython

2018 UK Tour dates are:

• 5 September   Exeter, Corn Exchange • 6 September   Bath, Komedia • 7 September    Porthcawl, Grand Pavilion • 8 September   Malvern, Forum Theatre • 12 September   Leamington Spa, Royal Spa Centre • 12 September   Newtownabbey, Theatre at the Mill • 13 September   Dublin, National Concert Hall • 13 September    Whitley Bay, Playhouse • 14 September   Cork, Everyman Theatre • 14 September   Inverness, Eden Court Theatre • 15 September    Edinburgh, Festival Theatre • 16 September   Keswick, Theatre by the Lake • 18 September   Abingdon, Amey Theatre • 19 September   Wimborne Minster, Tivoli Theatre • 20 September   Guildford, G Live • 21 September   Reading, The Hexagon • 22 September   Poole, Lighthouse (Concert Hall) • 25 September   Cheltenham, Town Hall • 26 September   Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn • 27 September   Liverpool, Plaza Community Cinema • 28 September   Stockport, Plaza Cinema • 29 September   Llandudno, Venue Cymru • 2 October   Cardiff, St David’s Hall • 3 October    Exeter, Corn Exchange • 4,5 October   Redruth, Regal Theatre • 9 October   Christchurch, Regent Centre • 10 October   Dorking, Dorking Halls • 11 October   Brighton, Brighton Dome • 12 October   Cambridge, Corn Exchange • 13 October   Norwich, Lecture Theatre 1 (UEA) • 13 October   Bristol, Victoria Rooms • 15 October    Portsmouth, The Kings Theatre  • 15-20 October    London, Union Chapel • 16 October   Weymouth, Weymouth Pavilion  • 17 October   Christchurch, Regent Centre • 18 October   Salisbury, City Hall • 20 October   Bristol, Victoria Rooms • 22 October   Birmingham, Crescent Theatre • 23 October   York, Barbican • 24 October   Leeds, Town Hall