Ac­tor’s noise pol­lu­tion aware­ness film

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

The ‘‘lethal ef­fect’’ noise pol­lu­tion is hav­ing on marine life is be­ing high­lighted by an Auck­land film maker.

Kings­land ac­tor and screen­writer Dee­jay Wil­liams has writ­ten a screen­play for short film High Tide and is seek­ing fund­ing for the project, which aims to raise aware­ness about the ef­fect noise pol­lu­tion has on marine life.

The fic­tional story fol­lows a char­ac­ter’s per­sonal cri­sis which is par­al­leled with the suf­fer­ing of ocean mam­mals.

‘‘We want to give our au­di­ence an ex­pos­ing glimpse into noise pol­lu­tion and the lethal ef­fects it’s hav­ing on marine mam­mals in their nat­u­ral habi­tat,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘We hope to in­spire a ma­tu­rity of change in the minds and hearts of any­one watch­ing no mat­ter who they are.’’

A mem­ber of Green­peace, Wil­liams first learned about the ef­fects of ocean noise pol­lu­tion when watch­ing a doc­u­men­tary on Sky TV.

Ex­ces­sive vol­umes of noise gen­er­ated from hu­man ac­tiv­ity such as drilling and seis­mic test­ing is hav­ing a lethal ef­fect on marine life, he said.

‘‘When I found out about it I started telling peo­ple and I no­ticed a lot of peo­ple didn’t know about it ei­ther,’’ Wil­liams said.

The drive for the project par­tially comes from a love of an­i­mals, Wil­liams said.

‘‘I’ve al­ways cared about an­i­mals a lot to be hon­est, com­pared to hu­mans - they’re not petty like hu­mans can be.

Wil­liams sub­mit­ted High Tide to the 2016 Hol­ly­wood Screen­play Con­test, an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion fea­tur­ing screen­plays from around the world.

It went on to make the fi­nal 14 in the short film cat­e­gory of the con­test.

The High Tide pro­duc­tion team are seek­ing fund­ing for the film through a Kick­starter page.

‘‘I hope this film will make peo­ple aware of what’s hap­pen­ing with that noise and how it’s go­ing to ef­fect fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of sea life for our kids.’’

Univer­sity of Auck­land marine science se­nior lec­turer Dr Craig Rad­ford said it wasn’t un­til the early 2000s that sci­en­tists be­came aware of noise pol­lu­tion in the ocean. Sci­en­tists then be­gan to ques­tion how noise pol­lu­tion and hu­man ac­tiv­ity can in­ter­fere with ocean life.

‘‘Since then the field has gained mo­men­tum and we’re re­ally start­ing to make some progress,’’ Rad­ford said.

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