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Adam’s Awesome Aquatic-themed Film List

We’re all trying to find something to keep our minds busy during quarantine (including coming up with alliterations for blog post titles…). We’ve asked our staff to give us their top 10 maritime films to watch while in isolation. Here is curator Adam’s list:

Dead Calm 

I watched this as a teenage and was caught up in the suspense and tension – a real thriller!

Hunt for Red October 

Fantastic submarine scenes and a desperate race to avoid possible nuclear annihilation.

Pirates of the Caribbean 

A great combination of comedy and action. Johnny Depp obviously being the highlight.

The Mercy

I think this is a really brave movie which depicts a tragic story. Based on true events during the 1968 Golden Globe ’round the world yacht race.

Point Break 

Incredible surf scenes! A gripping combination of surfing counterculture with bank heists. Definitely one Swayze’s best performances.

Whale Rider 

Interweaves the Paikea whale rider myth with modern Maori identity and has a strong 13-year-old female lead who struggles for and ultimately finds recognition in her community.

Storm Boy 

I think the relationships between the boy and his father ‘Hide Away’ Tom and Fingerbone Bill (David Gulpilil) were interesting to me as a kid – there was a realness to them that was missing from other ‘kids’ movies.

Moana 

I love music and this is one of Disney’s best soundtracks. Moana is a great lead character, really strong and determined. Fantastic to see Disney portray a strong Indigenous woman.

Life Aquatic 

Wes Anderson films really strike a chord with me. I love the deadpan delivery and quirky characters.

Master and Commander 

A real standalone historical depiction of 18th/19th century age of sail and discovery.

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