Becoming Cousteau
Adventure, Documentary
1 hours 33 minutes
Age restriction:
M (Offensive language)
Liz Garbus
Jacques-Yves Cousteau,
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Becoming Cousteau

1 hours 33 minutes | Rated M (Offensive language)


BECOMING COUSTEAU has won Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival (Grierson Award).

COUSTEAU examines the epic life of Jacques Yves Cousteau, the ocean explorer who spanned the globe with a misfit crew of divers and filmmakers, under the lifelong creed, “Il faut aller voir” — “We must go and see for ourselves”. The Frenchman who first sounded the alarm to save the oceans was born with a dream to fly, but a car accident grounded his aviation career, and he found rehabilitation and inspiration through free-diving in the South of France. His desire to go deeper and further led him to inventions that would forever change the way we see and know the undersea world, co-inventing the “aqualung” and revolutionizing underwater cinematography. At the start, a burgeoning oil industry-backed his explorations paving the way for ocean exploitation. Then, the television industry made him an international star. His trailblazing underwater cinematography and high sea adventures aboard the Calypso introduced generations around the world to the wonders of the seas, but when Cousteau started to see with his own eyes the destruction and degradation of the oceans, he sounded the alarm. But was it too late?


Becoming Cousteau will well serve as a reminder and clarifier for those who remember him from their youth, and an invigorating introduction for those meeting him for the first time. Deadline Hollywood Daily

“Becoming Cousteau” is a dazzling dive into the depths of an undersea world. indieWire

Cousteau, who died in 1997, described himself as “a witness to change.” This respectful, visually compelling biography invites — indeed, implores – a new generation to bear witness, too. TheWrap

Becoming Cousteau succeeds beautifully in its goal of reminding viewers of Jacques Cousteau’s important legacy of underwater exploration and environmental activism. Hollywood Reporter

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No comp tickets accepted for this film until 30 Oct 2021