Javier Bardem Launches Documentary to Call for Ocean Protection

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This week, Spanish actor and Oscar-winner Javier Bardem and his brother Carlos Bardem are launching a breathtaking environmental documentary about their voyage to Antarctica and the critical need to protect the oceans. The film, Sanctuary, will be available on platforms starting Friday, April 10.

Directed by Alvaro Longoria, Sanctuary tells the story of a Greenpeace expedition seeking to create the largest protected area on the planet in the Antarctic Ocean.

Actor and Antarctic ambassador Javier Bardem coming up to the surface in a submarine launched from Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise exploring the Antarctic seafloor on around 270 meters depth in Charlotte Bay off the Gerlache Strait. Greenpeace is on a three-month expedition to the Antarctic to carry out scientific research, including seafloor submarine dives and sampling for plastic pollution, to highlight the urgent need for the creation of a 1.8 million square kilometre Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary to safeguard species like whales and penguins.

Javier Bardem, who ventured to the Antarctic seafloor in a submarine during the expedition, said “Hopefully this documentary will serve to contribute our grain of sand to raise awareness and to demand the end of unsustainable and harmful policies to our planet.

Greenpeace USA Oceans Director and marine biologist, John Hocevar who operated the submarine in the film, said “The best thing about this film is that we can share the wild beauty of the Antarctic seafloor with the world. Sanctuary provides hope, humor, and even some drama. I think it will inspire people to join us in working to protect our ocean.”

Greenpeace is campaigning for a network of sanctuaries to cover 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. Over 3 million people have already signed the petition calling for a Global Ocean Treaty to make this possible, including other Ocean Ambassadors like the actors Marion Cotillard, Pedro Alonso, Shailene Woodley, and NiNi. Greenpeace also recently launched “Antarctic Adventure,” an interactive online tour of the organization’s latest expedition to the South Pole.

You can find out more about the work of Greenpeace by visiting their website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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