About the film Coral Sea Dreaming
Over 84 extraordinary minutes, “Coral Sea Dreaming” enters into the very heart of life – and death – on a coral reef. It’s a story that spans 500 million years and stars some of the most exotic, wondrous marine creatures on earth.
Witness nature’s most incredible underwater spectacle of mass coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef, journey to Western Australia to meet Ningaloo’s gentle whale sharks and giant manta rays and enter Papua New Guinea’s mysterious cauldron of life where alien creatures battle to survive.
We meet thousands of reef inhabitants, from ancient turtles to feeding sharks, adorable pygmy seahorses to savage sea slugs. We witness a manta ray ballet and elegant displays of courting octopus. HD image technology captures these moments with unprecedented intimacy, illustrating elaborate mating rituals, feeding frenzies, intense nocturnal predation, cannibalism and chemical warfare.
Corals are the planets greatest natural architects, and coral reefs host the highest biodiversity in any ecosystem. Emmy Award-winning cinematographer David Hannan has filmed and edited over nearly 10 years in order to create this magnificent testimony to our extraordinary undersea world. The program features an original score by Tania Rose.
Many of the sequences have never been filmed before. Some may never be filmed again. Corals have survived 5 mass extinctions. But can they survive us? There is much that needs to be done in order to safe-guard these precious ecosystems for future generations… and very little time to do it.