Run time: 94 mins
Liz Garbus offers up a powerful and timely insight into the life and impact of an environmental icon and his ideologies.
Jacque Cousteau was a revolutionary of the seas whose inventions and nature documentaries were the stuff of dreams in the second half of the past century. His successful TV show The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau that ran from 1968 to 1976 made him a celebrity worldwide. It helped nurture humanity’s general fascination with the deep but with his power to unveil this hidden world came considerable responsibility. Garbus holds nothing back as she equally highlights the positive and negative impact of his research and some of the unfortunate damage he and his crews have unwillingly contributed to. It’s a stark reminder of how wide-reaching his oceanic work remains to this day.
We can do much more to preserve our planet. This is the truth that weighs heavy on the next generation. Linking past and present, Becoming Cousteau becomes a cinematographic understanding of the true legacy of Jacques; it’s never too late to change and turn the past into fuel to improve the future. (Chris Coetsee)