There Once Was An Island
Colin

There Once Was An Island

Screening:

    Sunday 3 October 5:45 pm
    Friday 8 October 9:30 pm

Runtime:

80 mins

Director: Briar March Country: New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
Writer: Briar March, Lyn Collie Original Format: HDV
Dir. of Photography: Briar March Print Source: Lyn Collie
Producer: Lyn Collie
Cast: N/A

Film Details

UK Premiere

Short Synopsis:

There Once Was an Island follows the small community that inhabits the tiny Polynesian island of Takuu, which is slowly succumbing to rising sea levels.

Review:

There Once Was an Island follows the small community that inhabits the tiny Polynesian island of Takuu, and their personal engagement with the effects of rising sea levels. Only half a kilometre long and one metre above sea level, Takuu’s salty, poisoned gardens and rapid coastal erosion are the first signs of sea-level rise, which threatens to destroy this community and its culture. After an unexpectedly bad tidal flood, the community are torn between resettling to the mainland of Bougainville, or to stay, and face an uncertain future, possibly watching their paradise disintegrate. Life on the mainland is very different from the Takuu and adapting to a cash economy will irreversibly change their culture.

Briar March’s stunningly poignant eco-documentary follows the decisions of Taaku’s inhabitants. Some, like Teloo, are intent on staying; hoping to salvage their unique culture. Others, like Satty, believe the best decision is to move to the mainland, aware of the island’s dwindling ability to sustain life. Whether you are an avid believer or a sceptic about the effects of global warming becomes a moot point – this is a film about a society struggling to decide its future when it meets the implacable force of nature. There Once Was An Island asks whether it is more important to preserve a culture or maintain a standard of living and reminds us that there is never an easy answer.

 

All films to be screened at:

Apollo Cinema: Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
London
SW1Y 4LR