A JOURNEY LIKE NO OTHER
500 million years ago life left this blue womb and colonized the land, but we are still intricately linked to the ocean. Our climates, coastlines, ecosystems and economies are tied to the perpetual movement of water between continents. The great ocean currents are the arteries and veins of Planet Earth! This is the story of one particularly fascinating flow – the East Australian Current, a massive oceanic river that stretches the length of Australia’s east coast.
Ocean Currents is a giant screen 3D documentary film co-produced by K2 Studios and Wild Pacific Media. It is distributed by K2 Studios.
Nick Robinson began his career as a marine biologist but soon found a path into documentary filmmaking. His first documentary as a director won the French Senate 2005 Audio Visual Award for Best Adventure Documentary. On moving back to Australia, Nick was director and DP on Disable Bodied Sailors, a documentary series for SBS Australia that was nominated for two AFI Awards in 2010: Best Documentary Series and Best Cinematography in a Documentary.
In 2014 Nick directed and shot Life on the Reef, a 3 x 1 hr natural history documentary series, and a call to action on the Great Barrier Reef. This series also took out the AACTA award for Best Cinematography and was nominated for Outstanding Cinematography at the 2016 Emmy Awards in the US.
Nick founded Wild Pacific Media, a natural progression into production for a filmmaker with over 25 years in the business. Most recently he directed his first giant screen feature Australia’s Great Wild North, which released in 2018. He went on to help shoot the giant screen films Turtle Odyssey, Angkor: Lost Empire of Cambodia, and Mountain Adventure: Out of Bounds.
Two time ACCTA awarding winning and Emmy nominated cinematographer Jon Shaw, founder of Ginclearfilm, specializes in underwater cinematography and has had a passion for the ocean and environment from an early age. From his beginnings as a marine biologist and commercial diver, Jon has developed an enviable career traveling the world to film astonishing wildlife both above and below the ocean’s surface.
Jon is passionate about arresting the perils that face the ongoing sustainability of the world’s oceans. “Coral bleaching, dwindling shark numbers and the outcome of today’s overuse and disposal of plastics in our environment are issues I witness repeatedly through my work," says Jon. "I want to be able to take those issues to the people through film.”
Jon’s love for using the most advanced filming technology allows the audience a seemingly real- life glance into the environments he captures on film.
Jon now specializes in underwater Giant Screen cinematography. In 2017 and 2018 he shot Turtle Odyssey, and is currently the cinematographer on three underwater Giant Screen films that will come out in 2020 and 2021 – Ocean Currents, Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker, and Shark Heroes.
Electra Manikakis has a career in television spanning over 30 years. In that time she has worked on a myriad of programs from news and current affairs to award winning high-end documentary series. She is currently Head of Production & Business Development of Wild Pacific Media, a production company focusing in high end, blue chip science and natural history programming.
She cut her teeth at SBS News and Current Affairs programs Vox Populi, Insight and Dateline. Later working on the popular Movie Show, Front Up, and the large Outside Broadcasts: The Australian Film Industry Awards, the Inside Film Awards and the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Electra’s Producer credits include the IMAX films Australia’s Great Wild North and Ocean Currents. She was the Line Producer for the documentary series Life on the Reef (ABC/PBS), Kakadu (ABC), Secret Life of Pearls (NGC), Massai Warriors (NGC), Disable Bodied Sailors (SBS), Megafactories: Bundaberg Rum (NGC) and the NITV feature documentary In My Own Words.
Electra’s repertoire also embraces the spoken word – she voices promos, TV and Radio advertisements/corporates and has narrated many documentaries. She’s also the voice for all the Apple stores in Australia.