Actor’s noise pollution awareness film
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.