Post by yerblues1968 on Aug 18, 2008 2:18:07 GMT -5
Julian Lennon at Whaledreamers Photo Call.
The Better WORLD Awards 2008 with a Performance by Bryan Ferry
with Honours Presented to Julian Lennon Dalila Di Lazzaro and Other Special Guests
23rd May 2008 The Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco
The Entertainment, Music and Fashion Worlds will join 400 Fabulous International guests at the Hotel de Paris, in the glorious Salle Empire on May 23, 2008 to celebrate THE BETTER WORLD AWARDS. “The Official Grand Prix Launch Party” is the-place-to-be for Grand Prix Weekend according to the Riviera Times, March 2008. The Jet set ready to party are also in the forefront of making the world a better place by helping raise money for the honorees individual favorite charities.
We are proud to honor Julian Lennon with the Environmental award, for his overall work in helping the ecosystem, especially with his Save the Whales effort and Flavio Briatore with the Sportsman Award. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the White Feather Foundation will benefit from the auction.
Julian Lennon produced the film, "Whaledreamers." After his film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, he sang to the crowd. This is a personal video taken by an attendee. (9.42 minutes) www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbMeU0LCLEA
Post by yerblues1968 on Sept 23, 2008 0:02:10 GMT -5
GET READY TO BLUBBER IN WHALEDREAMERS
September 19, 2008
A new documentary takes viewers whale-watching around the world, writes Charles Purcell.
We're officially in whale-watching season. From May to November, humpback whales travel to and from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic and can be spotted along the NSW coastline.
Last month Sydneysiders demonstrated just how much they love the majestic mammals when baby Collette (initially called Colin) was abandoned by its mother.
Bunna Lawrie, one of the stars of director Kim Kindersley's documentary Whaledreamers, made a special effort to help poor Collette, which was so driven to desperation that it tried to suckle from boats moored in Pitthingyer.
"Bunna Lawrie, our Mirning songman, who has become known as the 'whale whisperer', was permitted by the authorities to go out and sing to the calf," Kindersley explains.
"The whale came right to him and communicated back, which was deeply moving. Sadly, Collette was put down despite Bunna's recommendation that she had the strength to hook up with a passing pod."
It was surprising how much emotion our jaded city demonstrated about Collette's fate. "The whole city dropped its heart into something real for a moment," Kindersley says.
Julian Lennon, "Whaledreamers" producer.
Narrated by Jack Thompson and produced by Julian Lennon, Kindersley's moving film is filled with gorgeous shots of whales and dolphins. It reveals how an ancient Australian whale tribe came back from the edge of extinction.
"It also poses the question: 'Can humanity wake up in time to avoid becoming extinct itself?' So, quite a jolly little film, really."
So do whales and humans really have a special connection?
"Yes. Why does Marine World, which is a heart-breaking spectacle by the by, make millions every year? This connection is ancient and profound."
With whales under threat from hunting as well as the effects of climate change, Kindersley urges people to appreciate these magnificent creatures while they can.
He says the best whale-watching spots in Sydney include Cape Solander in Botany Bay National Park, Manly or the cliffs at Coogee. Several companies run regular tours from Sydney Harbour. You won't be alone - the tourist industry estimates that some 1.2 million international and domestic people took to a boat for whale or dolphin watching in Australia last year.
Whaledreamers is now showing at the Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne.