Coral Sea Dreaming - Awaken
Coral Sea Dreaming - Awaken
Coral Sea Dreaming - Awaken
Item#: COR-1042
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Running Time: 84 minutes
Gr. 6 - Adult
• Scene Selection & Special Features
Closed Captioned
A film by David Hannan


"Highly recommended. Exquisite...offers some of the most beautiful images ever captured among the world's great coral reefs (and) offers plenty of astonishing detail about the life forms on display. Emmy award-winning cinematographer David Hannan shot over 1,000 hours of digital video during more than 2,000 dives... and his film sounds an urgent alarm for conservation. This cautionary tale is a visual wonder to behold."
- Video Librarian

"Highly recommended. It is perhaps one of the most breathtaking pieces of cinematography ever produced. Saving our reefs, helps save our entire planet and all life that exists on land and sea."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

Cinematographer and Producer, David Hannan has won international acclaim for his tropical and temperate marine images. His now classic 1992 underwater music video Coral Sea Dreaming has screened in over 60 countries and remains the best-selling Natural History program ever produced and marketed from Australia. Since then, David has produced, co-produced and filmed many other TV Documentaries and won an Emmy Award for his cinematography on Palau - Paradise of the Pacific, part of the Living Edens Series.




All prices include DVD and PPR

K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, & Non-Profits: $89
Colleges, Institutions, & Businesses: $195
Colleges, Institutions, & Businesses (with DSL): $495

Coral Sea Dreaming - Awaken is a vivid, in depth exploration of one of the planet's great natural wonders – coral reefs – which harbor the greatest biodiversity of any ecosystem on earth. The story of coral reefs spans 500 million years and stars some of the most exotic and wondrous creatures on earth.

Emmy Award-winning cinematographer David Hannan filmed for 7 years on three great coral reef ecosystems to create this testimony to our extraordinary undersea world, set to an original score. We meet thousands of reef inhabitants, from ancient turtles to feeding sharks, adorable pygmy seahorses and savage sea slugs, witness a manta ray ballet and courting octopus.

Special High Definition technology captures life and death on the reefs with unprecedented intimacy, including coral spawning, elaborate courtship displays, mating rituals, feeding frenzies, nighttime predation and even cannibalism and "chemical warfare". Many of the sequences have never been filmed before. Some may never be filmed again.

Coral Sea Dreaming - Awaken is an informative celebration of the world’s coral reefs, now under threat from a variety of human challenges, including ocean warming and acidification caused by climate change.


The DVD includes three viewing options:

  • Documentary with a narration track
  • Video with pop-up text with creature identification or facts about ocean issues
  • Video and music only

Plus, two short behind the scenes films with producer David Hannan and composer Tania Rose.