This feature-length documentary advocates for the protection of one of the last pristine ecosystems on earth: The Ross Sea. Cameraman/ director Peter Young captures the frozen wilderness — freewheeling penguins, fish and sea lions under the aquamarine ice — and interviews scientists concerned at threats posed by commercial fishing (including Kiwi-owned boats). The film confronts unsuspecting New York diners with the origins of their fish, exposing upmarket ‘Chilean sea bass’ as Antarctic toothfish. The Last Ocean won 14 awards. Young was a key part of an ultimately successful campaign to protect the Ross Sea.
Spectacular, informative and urgent.– Reviewer Graeme Tuckett in The Dominion Post, 10 August 2012
Completed with the assistance of the NZ Film Commissions's Feature Film Finishing Grant
Made with funding from NZ On Air
'Last Ocean Lament' written and performed by Dave Dobbyn
The Last Ocean Charitable Trust (co-founded by director Peter Young)
Interview with director Peter Young, The NZ Herald, June 2013
Information on the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area, NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website