If tonight you hear something on the beach that sounds like an aboriginal chant, you’re not hallucinating.
It’s part of the promo push behind “Whaledreamers,” an ecologically minded doc produced by Julian Lennon, yes, the son of the Beatle, and written and directed by Kim Kindersley.
It’s Lennon’s first such theatrical doc, though he has been involved in — and sung about such issues — for 20-odd years. He has re-recorded his song “Saltwater” for the film, changing the music to include aboriginal chant themes and the like.
Pic focuses on a tribe in Australia that was officially declared extinct some years ago, and describes their relationship to nature and the threats to their culture. It is also about their almost mystical rapport with whales, and the rituals and songlines that derive from that link.
Pic is also about the threat to whales as well as to the indigenous tribe that lives in harmony with them.
Although it took almost seven years to make the movie, it has quickly picked up awards on the fest circuit and will screen tonight in the market for buyers.
“I think this movie essentially is riding a wave. People want to be empowered about these important issues. And they want to feel something,” Lennon said.
California-based Lonely Seal is handling foreign sales. Pic, which cost about $1.2 million, will preem in Britain on Sept. 6 on six screens.
“Seeing the reaction of folks to the movie in theaters has been amazing. They feel the themes so deeply,” Lennon said. He also said he is “in the business for the long run now,” and will make further such socially minded docs through his Pictures From Another Room production company.
Lennon’s re-recorded song has been adopted by Greenpeace as its new theme and it’s likely to be released a s a single, with all proceeds going to the ecological org.