Meet Trevor Hutton, a South African freediver. Diving as deep as possible on one breath is a dangerous but exhilarating business, and in Deep Blue Dive we follow Trevor as he negotiates the hostile South African coastline, the ocean swells and dangerous marine life that inhabit his local waters. Trevor is self-trained but South Africa has always cautioned against the sport, and for good reason. But something incredible happens to this six-feet-plus man as he enters the water. We’ll watch as nerve receptors in his heart trigger oxygen-saving responses in his body, slowing his heart down by 50 per cent. Blood vessels constrict, his spleen shunts red blood cells into his bloodstream to prepare for a lack of oxygen and a litre of blood floods into the chest. His body turns into a deep diving machine.
VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP SEA is an adventure that plunges 12,000 feet into the ocean for an unprecedented experience of this vast and little-explored dimension of our planet. The film follows a team of scientists as they dive to research mysterious hydrothermal vents on the mid-ocean ridge. As the dive unfolds, the film and the scientists reveal for us the fantastic diversity of the deep: its strange communities of organisms, bioluminescent creatures and awesome giant predators. An astounding 97% of the Earth's biosphere is located here, in the dark regions of the ocean that we have truly just begun to penetrate and explore.
VOLCANOES OF THE DEEP SEA reveals the planet's marine depths as never before, putting audiences into the most alien and hostile environments on Earth and into contact with the planet's strangest creatures and phenomena. The film will also explore the implications that deep ocean discoveries may have for our understanding of the emergence of life and our search for its traces elsewhere in the Cosmos. Using the deep-sea diving vehicle known as Alvin, the filmmakers capture footage of some of these underwater ecosystems along with some helpful CGI reconstructions. Ed Harris delivers the narration.
On its debut CD, KNEE DEEP IN THE NORTH SEA, Mercury Prize-nominated combo the Portico Quartet delivers an unusually meditative brand of world music-influenced jazz that matches a minimalist classical music vibe with a pop/jam band-informed compositional sense. Centered on repeated figures played on the hang (a type of steel drum) and soprano saxophonist Jack Wylie’s Wayne Shorter-esque improvisational explorations, Portico Quartet’s music should appeal to fans of Weather Report and the Dave Matthews Band alike.