Coral Sea Dreaming? Awaken!

Special Event Screening in Cairns on Tuesday 8 June

The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre and Plankton Productions are presenting Coral Sea Dreaming – Awaken in Cairns. In addition to the screening there will be a discussion regarding marine threats held by David Hannan and prominent marine experts.

Where: Tanks Art Centre, Collins Avenue, Cairns
When: Tuesday 8 June at 7pm
Tickets: on the door $15 and $10 concession
Contact: (07) 4032 1746 or download the flyer.


Coral Sea Dreaming – Awaken
enters into the very heart of life – and death – on a coral reef. It is a story that spans 500 million years and stars some of the most exotic and wondrous marine creatures on earth. Coral is the planets greatest natural architect, and coral reefs boast the highest biodiversity of any ecosystem.

Emmy Award-winning cinematographer David Hannan has filmed for 7 years to create this magnificent testimony to our extraordinary undersea world, set to an original score by Tania Rose. We meet thousands of reef inhabitants, from ancient turtles to feeding sharks, adorably pygmy seahorses and savage sea slugs, witness a manta ray ballet and courting octopus.

Specialised state-of-the-art High Definition technology captures these lives with unprecedented intimacy, illustrating elaborate courtship displays, mating rituals, feeding frenzies, intense night-time predation, cannibalism and chemical warfare. 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?

Filmed over 2000 dives on three great coral reef ecosystems; The Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef and Papua New Guinea, Coral Sea Dreaming – Awaken is a celebration of reefs now under threat of climate change and ocean acidification. There is much to be done to safeguard these precious ecosystems for future generations. And very little time to do it.

As well as the screening there will be a discussion regarding marine threats held by David and prominent marine experts. Bar and light snacks available.

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